Oxford at Night is a journey of exploration through a vibrant modern city that presents many different faces to the visitor. Oxford is a world-famous centre of learning, a beautiful medieval college city, a sprawling modern conurbation and a melting pot of ethnic and cultural diversity that welcomes an unusually wide variety of people from all over the world. However, this multicultural diversity also has a much darker side in the form of deprivation, poor life outcomes, homelessness and spectacular inequality. At night, free from the distractions of the day, these differences and distinctions are laid bare in all their uncanny strangeness: the sumptuous colleges, glossy lights and big-brand marketing of the modern city on the one hand and the real lives of those who live among them on the other. In the words of Diane Arbus: "Nothing is ever the same as they said it was. It's what I've never seen before that I recognize."
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The Radcliffe Camera.

The Cowley Road.

In Cornmarket.

By a nightclub in St Clement's.

In New College Lane.

Neon and reflections in Queen Street.

A diner in Cowley.

Outside the History Faculty.

Online and wired in Queen Street.

Fast food in Cornmarket.
A hairdresser in Cowley.

A launderette in Botley.

On Magdalen Bridge.

A cafe in Gloucester Green.
Abandoned in St Giles.

Brasenose Lane.

A window in Cowley.

Fast food in Cornmarket.

A diner in George Street.

Late night in Gloucester Green.

All images © Mark Crean and taken in Oxford during October and November 2019 using a digital camera.
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