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the missing bean *oxford*

2 December 2013

Oh my goodness. I fell in love repeatedly in Oxford. The grey skies allowed my eyes to dance freely among its beauty without any glare to block it. The texture and colours of the walls, the greenery crawling up them. The little pathways and lanes to explore. And the locals. Oh my. Those beautifully dressed girls, smartly attired men, and dapper grey-haired gentlemen, many gliding past on bicycles. It reminded me of my love of watching bike riders in Copenhagen. It also flows into my deep appreciation of a city design and culture that fosters walking or cycling. As our friends led us into The Missing Bean cafe, I couldn’t focus on the drinks in front of us. I just had to capture some of this gorgeousness that was making a grin creep across my face. I excused myself, sized up the safe route to go outside and stood smiling at everything. Sometimes I lifted my camera, sometimes I just took it in. The girl in the window with long dark hair and a cream jumper smiled at me. What a beautiful stranger. While her smile was not captured with my camera, it has stayed in my mind.

8 Responses
  1. December 2, 2013

    Those mental photographs and short videos are the best kinds captured, for you and you only.

  2. December 2, 2013

    We were in Oxford once, visiting my husband’s cousins. I loved it immediately. Lovely, lovely photos of the missing bean, and I especially like the pair of photos, in which your subject had to look at the phone. Beautifully done, Lucent!

  3. December 2, 2013

    Gorgeous images!

    Clare x

  4. December 2, 2013

    I was lucky enough to live there for a few years. So glad you like it too!

  5. December 3, 2013

    I haven’t visited oxford since a child. Your enjoyment is expressed so well in your words and pictures. I too have a smile on my face now!
    Sarah x

  6. Megan permalink
    December 3, 2013

    Many years ago I lived near Oxford and visited as often as I could to wander around all those interesting streets. Unfortunately no “Missing Bean Café” back then :)
    Your photos are wonderful and capture the atmosphere so well.

  7. December 3, 2013

    Lovely atmosphere in these photos!

  8. December 5, 2013

    That place looks really cozy! loving the atmosphere

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