Exhibit showcases a broad subject range

Drayton’s Julian Mole, 36, took this picture on a society trip to Oxford’s Santas on the Run charity event

Sikh girls in a religious procession by Tony Tarry

A skinhead by Philip Joyce

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THESE are some of the stunning and intriguing images Oxford’s snappers have captured for a new exhibition.

The Oxford Photographic Society today opens its annual exhibition at the Said Business School in Park End Street.

The society was formed in 1889 and is one of the oldest of its kind in the country with about 100 members.

The 51 pictures include iconic city sights as well as wildlife, sport, portraits and images from around the world like New Delhi.

Exhibition secretary Terry Lea said: “It is a broad range of subject matter. There are some wonderful pictures.”

The club meets every week and welcomes guest speakers and makes trips out, most recently to poultry and dog shows.

The Headington resident, 67, said: “There is a good atmosphere and good camaraderie. A lot of newcomers get a lot of support.”

He said he joined about 10 years ago and even in that period has seen “significant” changes.

He said: “One was the total shift by members from image capture by film to digital, and the other being the gender balance of the membership.

“When I joined it was very male dominated, almost a boy’s club. “Thankfully this is not the case today and several of our most successful photographers are female.

“I am told that 50 or more years ago you had to have the ‘right’ sort of camera to gain entry into what was obviously a rather elitist organisation.”

He said: “Most of our members are just keen amateurs but we also have some professional and semi-professional members too.”

Retired Tony Tarry, 60, of Faringdon, took a picture of Sikh girls in a religious procession in Amritsar, India. He said: “I was taken by the contrasting colours of their costumes and the questioning look on the face of the girl with the light blue shawl.”

Cumnor podiatrist Philip Joyce, 54, took an image of a skinhead “as part of an ongoing project to photograph complete strangers, wherever I might meet them”.

The exhibition will run to Friday, October 26, from 9am to 7pm.

Admission is free.

For details, visit oxfordphotosociety.co.uk

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