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Get Snappy 52: Oxford

by Ellie Hopgood

And just like that, we have come to the last Get Snappy blog post. I can’t believe it has already been a whole year since I started this series. Get Snappy, cringe-worthy name and all, was about documenting my year through photography, and hopefully improving as a result. I’ll be doing a few Get Snappy roundup posts in the new year – looking at the best and worst photos from each week – but overall, I feel like I succeeded. I took photos every week, from everywhere I went, wrote about what had happened in my life and posted it, on time, for strangers and friends alike to read on the Internet. There are now fifty-two blog posts full of photos and words from each week of 2019, chronicling this year in a way my regular blog posts would never have captured. I’m glad I did it, though most of all, I’m glad I stuck it out for the whole year, even as my enthusiasm faded in recent weeks. I won’t be continuing with Get Snappy in 2020, so this is the last casual, diary-like photography post you’ll get on here – until, I suppose, my attention latches onto something similar and won’t let me leave it alone.

This week included Christmas, and it was good. It was everything Christmas is expected to be, if you’re lucky: lots of food, constant alcohol, a few lovely presents, friends, family. I spent Christmas itself in Oxford, where I grew up, and took all of this week’s photos from our Christmas Day morning walk around the centre of Oxford, as these famous streets were largely empty of tourists. Our morning walk usually involves wandering around University Parks, but my dad pointed out that this would be an ideal time to head to Broad Street, the Radcliffe Camera, the Bodleian and the surrounding colleges to get an unobstructed view. Oxford is beautiful city; I think this is only the time all year that the city itself has been the focus of a Get Snappy post, and I’m glad that it’s the subject of the final blog in this series. A special place for a special post.

The rest of the time has been spent in London with friends and Jake’s family. There have been a few moments when I’ve wanted to take a picture, only to remember that my camera batteries are all dead and I have, yet again, forgotten to put them onto charge. I don’t know why I have been so lax with my camera this week, the last week I had promised myself I would photograph my days diligently. While I have enjoyed the thought that I don’t need to worry about whether or not I have taken any good pictures this week starting from now, I was also sad to miss out on a few beautiful images because I hadn’t prepared well enough to take them, the exact kind of laziness this project was supposed to avoid. At least Oxford delivered some great scenes for me to work with and, hopefully, for you all to enjoy. Thank you so much for reading Get Snappy this year, I have appreciated every page view and comment more than you can know. Let me know what you think of the final edition!

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Sander December 30, 2019 - 7:01 am

Do you think you will miss your reflections on “paper”? And I like the one with the sunglasses best. 😁

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Ellie Hopgood December 30, 2019 - 10:02 am

Yes and no. Yes because, already, I find myself pleasantly surprised to read about what I was doing, thinking and feeling on a random week in March, or whatever. I have never been a diary-keeper so these are some of the only reflections I have written down, from any point in my life. It’s hard, then, to not feel a certain fondness for these posts.

But on the other hand, I have never really felt that this blog is about my personal life. It’s about my thoughts and opinions, sure, but about ideas and events that are separate to me. It’s hard to explain. The weekly personal posts are very different from the rest of ER’s content, and as someone who tries to be honest – often to my downfall – finding the balance between transparency and privacy was always tricky. There is plenty left unwritten from these posts, and at points it felt odd to grappling with this dilemma at all. Also, I just don’t think my day-to-day life is that interesting! Certainly not compared to the bigger things going on in the world. I’m definitely looking forward to just writing about ideas. Thanks for reading and commenting, Sander.

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