Oxford: Keble College Ball 2012 part 1

Written by Nasir Hamid on May 7th, 2012

The Keble College Ball was the biggest college ball that I’ve attended so far and I really enjoyed it. When I first heard that around 1,850 guests were expected it didn’t quite register in my mind what that would actually look like but when I saw the guests queuing up around the edge of the main quad at Keble waiting to come into the ball it was quite a sight. Fortunately it didn’t rain at all on the night but the temperature outside was quite chilly. It’s a shame we didn’t have more summery weather because I think the cold temperature forced a lot of people to stay in the warmth of the marquees or the college buildings which were difficult to photograph in because they were so packed. I saw so many people that I would like to photograph again with some of my old film cameras so if you’re in any of these pictures below and you’d like a test shoot together please get in touch.

This is the first batch of images from the ball. I have a lot of images to sort through but I’ll try to post new batches as soon as I can. Lots of the guests asked where they could see the pictures. I’ll post as many as I can here but I’ll put a gallery together of everything in case anyone wants to order prints. I still have lots more images from Lincoln to post so expect plenty of updates.

[Tech info:] Nikon D700 with Zeiss 50mm/f1.4 lens.

There were lots of photogenic guests in attendance.


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  1. Dear Nasir,

    I would like to introduce myself – my name is Katherine Skingsley (we met extremely briefly in May – I am Frame 4 of Part 5 of your Keble Ball collection) and I am co-President of Keble Ball this year. We are currently putting together our promotional package for the ball this year, and I was wondering if you would mind us using some of the photos you took of the ball last year. They are such fantastic quality and you got some wonderful photos of the guests.

    I was hoping that we could continue to work together this year after the brilliant job you did at the ball last year. We are hoping to put together some promotional shoots once we have our theme for this year finalised. I also represent a designer dress rental company called WishWantWear for the university, and we host a lot of salon days and photo shoots with them. Looking at the beautiful pictures on your website (we have worked with Jess and a few of the others you have already shot before) I think that we could provide some scenarios for photography shots that would fit in with your work and aesthetic, and it would be wonderful to be able to work together throughout the academic year.

    Thank you again for all of your great work,


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