Oxford: open doors weekend

Written by Nasir Hamid on September 18th, 2011

The Oxford Open Doors weekend usually takes place in September, it’s an opportunity to visit places and buildings that are usually closed to visitors. Two years ago I visited the Corpus Christi college barge which is moored on the river Isis near Donnington Bridge. It wasn’t open last year so when I saw it listed as being open to visitors last weekend I was excited to photograph it on some medium format film. The light inside the barge is fantastic and even though the weather was overcast with the threat of rain the light inside was perfect for black & white photography. Many thanks to the current resident, Claire, who allowed me to make some lovely images inside her home.

[Tech info:] Mamiya RZ67 loaded with Ilford Delta 100 film (expired May 2011), processed in Ilford DD-X developer, 12mins, 20C.

Oval wooden window

I love these oval wooden windows that line both sides of the barge.

Bedroom inside Chorpus Christi college barge


Lots of wood everywhere.

A cozy corner.




5 Comments so far ↓

  1. Teresa says:

    How fortunate you were able to visit there! I love the light and the fact you develop your own film. =D

    • Nasir Hamid says:

      Thanks, Teresa 🙂
      Developing and scanning my own film is all part of the fun for me. Some people see it as a hassle, I see it as making my images with my own hands 🙂

  2. Love the pictures. I took some pictures of the interior in the 1980s when it was occupied by students. The barge looks much better now!

  3. Hi Nasir …I put out some pictures on YouTube a few years ago. If you type my full name – Roger George Clark – you should be able to find it. I made a mistake of zooming in and out of the pictures and will have to update the video sometime! In the meantime I’m glad to say – all being well – I shall have a book out next year showing the best of my 1980s pictures.

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