“My Oxford” photo exhibitions opens at Westgate Library

“My Oxford” photo exhibitions opens at Westgate Library
The Oxford Photographic Society launched a new exhibition called “My Oxford” at the Westgate Library this week.

The exhibition, which lasts for three weeks, shows the people, streets, meadows, buildings and bicycles of the city through the lens of the Society’s members.

“We are very grateful to the library for generously giving us the space to show our members’ photographic interpretation of Oxford. We hope the people of Oxford will enjoy the photographs on show and inspire them to take photos of this city of contrasts,” said Ian Bray, Chair of the Oxford Photographic Society.

The Oxford Photographic Society was founded in 1889, a year after the first easy-to-use camera, Kodak’s no. 1 box camera, was introduced with the slogan, “You press the button, we do the rest.”

Photography has moved on since then. In 2015 it was estimated that more photographs were taken in that year than in the entire history of photography.

Now everyone is a photographer and carries a camera with them where ever they go – the smart phone.

But photography is much more than the technology. It is about the photographer’s vision, creativity, story telling, eye for detail, timing, patience and many other qualities.

Between September to May the Society meets every Tuesday evening at the City of Oxford Silverband Hall, Sher Afzal Close, Oxford, OX4 2FA. It has a programme of a variety of events: talks by expert photographers in their field of photography, hands on evenings to practise aspects of photography, members’ evenings where we share our projects, photo competitions and more. Members also organise photographic visits near and far.

Anyone is most welcome to join us, whether they are new to photography or a seasoned practitioner, to share our enjoyment of photography and learn more about ‘painting with light’.