I love Cambridge. Its mix of old and new, green parks and narrow cobbled streets. The way it manages to feel big and small at the same time, quaint yet cosmopolitan. It is so very English, but on more than one balmy summer evening it has felt like walking through the medieval quarter of some Mediterranean town. To start off with it was the ideal place to study history – as you can immerse yourself in living history wherever you go. Being an alumnus has allowed me access to many areas not normally seen by the hordes of visitors, and so I’ve been able to explore hundreds of beautiful and historic nooks and tucked away places, camera in hand. After six years of taking photos, both of the famous and the not-so-famous parts, I took great pleasure in sorting through them and choosing my favourites. Here are some of the images I’m most proud of…
The Eagle of St John stands vigil over the New Court of his namesake college
The chapels of Trinity and St John’s Colleges, as seen from the tower of Great St Mary’s
True I should have been studying, but when thick snows came early in 2010 I had to explore St John’s and see New Court given new beauty
Another shot from my snow-time explorations of St John’s – looking through to the inner quads in time to see some gorgeous morning light blushing the stonework
Finding a time when no punts are disturbing the water can be rewarded with some beautiful reflections
A view of Trinity College Bridge from across the water in St John’s – a vision of timeless peace and verdant beauty
Early morning on a weekday is the best time to catch the reflections of the tree-clad bank in the water
One of the redeeming features of going to work early in Chesterton was being able to capture this magical scene by the riverbank.
Peeking at the River Cam from between the stone pillars of Clare College Bridge
A beautiful sunset lights up the riverside walls of Trinity Hall College and the Jerwood Library.
I love the still water and the lamplight on the neatly-moored punts – taken opposite Magdalene College from the board-walk
Flanked by beautiful spring carpets, the road wending through King’s College is one of the most pleasant in Cambridge
Clare College, King’s College Chapel and the Gibbs Building bask in late summer evening sunlight
The glorious western facade of King’s College Chapel, as seen from across the river. The majesty of this building stands out so much more starkly in black and white.
This was the highlight of my morning commute a few years ago. I still never tire of the view
Henry VI stares out over the main quad of the iconic college that he founded in the 15th-century.
Combined with the ethereal light from the stained glass windows the unbelievably intricate vaulting of King’s College Chapel is quite stunning.
The chapel of King’s College is just as breathtaking from above as it is from every other angle – seen here next to Old Schools and Clare, with the tower of the University Library in the background
I attended Cambridge in its octo-centennial and loved being part of the celebrations to mark the milestone. There was a fire troupe and a light-show projected onto the Senate House. A truly historic occasion.
Looking down from the top of Great St Mary’s one can see the heart of the medieval city: the Senate House, Old Schools, Gonville & Caius and Trinity College
Nestled in besides Clare and King’s College Chapel, the imposing gatehouse of Old Schools is impressive in its own right
This view brought me up short on one of my forays into Clare College: I love how the misty sunlight obscures the view of King’s Chapel and casts the iron-gated bridge in a historic light, as if nostalgic of bygone days
I love the easy mingling of nature and architecture in Cambridge, demonstrated here by one of the trees lining the rearward path through Clare and the red brick of Trinity Hall in the background
The setting sun did quite extraordinary things to the late summer leaves of this tree beside Clare College Bridge – quite possibly my favourite photo of Cambridge
Whether stone, river, trees or sunlight, I love the textures and colours in this photo
History is tangible everywhere you go in Cambridge, nowhere more so than in the medieval woodwork of the dining room of Clare – one of the oldest colleges
The tree outside Clare College is frequently photographed, but I love the contrast of warm stone and cool flowers in this shot
I’ve seen Clare Bridge many times, but never quite so spectacularly lit up as during May Week – shot enviously from Garrett Hostel Bridge
The grand old masonry of Corpus Christi College is given a touch of life and colour by beautiful beds of spring tulips
Looking down over the busiest part of Cambridge, the coat of arms of Christ’s College is well worth a closer look
One of the main quads of Sidney Sussex, complete with bell-tower, clock, immaculate law and ivy-clad walls
The gardens of Sidney Sussex College are beautiful, and I love the way the glowing leaves frame the rear of one of the college buildings
Fronds of wisteria festoon some of the buildings in Jesus College, giving off a delightful fragrance as well as a splash of colour
You can easily miss Gonville & Caius College when walking along Trinity Street, but venture in and you’ll find all sorts of hidden treasures, like this statue-topped doorway nearly hidden by the tree’s growth