While in many people’s minds it will be the City
of Oxford that dominates this county,
Oxfordshire itself contains many landscape and
historic gems that are often missed from the
usual guidebooks. In this book of aerial photographs
the concentration has been as much on
the lesser known places as on the major tourist
Although not a large county, it is ranked 22nd in
size with an area of around 1000 square miles
(c.2600km), and with a population of 635 000,
because of its historic connections, especially
through the university, it remains one of the most
visited of all English counties. Through the landscape
winds the River Thames, bordered by
ancient towns and quintessentially English villages.
The vast stately home of Blenheim Palace (birthplace
of Sir Winston Churchill) contrasts with the
simply beauty of the prehistoric White Horse
carved into the chalk hillside at Uffington.
The fascinating aerial photographs in this book
are selected to provide the reader with an
overview of a variety of landscapes and settlements,
with many historic sites included.
principal attraction of aerial photographs is that
they are literally a bird’s-eye view, allowing us to
look down on the landscape from a perspective
that we never normally see. Such pictures reveal
to us things that are normally hidden from view,
and often surprise us when we find that what we
had imagined the layout of the land to be is in
reality quite different. The best practitioners of
this genre of photography also strive to capture
an aesthetic in the images they take, and these
pictures, sometimes quite abstract in appearance,
are often strikingly beautiful in their
Jason Hawkes is one of the country’s
best-known photographers specialising in
aerial photography. From his base near
London he travels worldwide to produce
images for books, advertising and design.
Since 1991 he has provided photographs
for major international companies including
Nike, HSBC, Ford, Rolex,Toyota and
BP. The images in this book and the sister
publications in the series were specially
commissioned by Halsgrove.
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 1 84114 939 4, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages. Published pril 2010.