The society was the brain child of our Founder Philip A Rigby : in his own words " l had long looked for a camera club that wasn't driven by one subject and one subject only - competitions. I just wanted a club that was interested in taking photographs for the sake of taking photographs. I also did not want a my lens is bigger than your lens culture. " So what did he do when he couldn't find one - " l went off and formed The Adderbury, Deddington & District Photographic Society ".
The Society was formed in July 2006 by a group of people who were seeking a new kind of camera club, where the focus was not on photographic competition. The intention is to provide a forum for like-minded photographers to meet in a non-competitive environment, regardless of technical ability, where experience and knowledge may be shared and developed through the activities of the Society. Some of our members have strong local historical interests with links to local societies and like to assist them in the making of a photographic record of our area. Others are interested in the architectural opportunities that abound here; others in flora and fauna; yet others in street photography.
Since inception the Society has capitalised upon it’s own in club experience to undertake work shops, talks, image discussion groups and the like, all in a relaxed and informal style and manner. In the summer of 2007 we held our inaugural yearly exhibition which took place in Banbury and this too was significantly supported by the whole membership. Since that time, Exhibitions have been held annually in both Adderbury and Deddington, and 2009 saw the exhibition list extended to include Kings Sutton. In addition much activity has been undertaken in the planning of events for the remainder of the year and beyond, and a full program of speakers and varied events is now in place. Membership breakdown shows the whole spectrum of ability ranges, from beginner through to the more experienced and with corresponding levels of equipment. In other words it does not matter whether you know one end of a camera from another, have a camera phone or the latest professional offerings from Canon / Nikon, all are welcomed equally at the Society. All you need is an interest in taking pictures, of whatever standard. The club caters for technical aspects, but primarily this is a photography club whose main aim is to be out and about taking photographs. Whilst photography can be a solitary experience, it is the aim to provide a genial social context in which to indulge our hobby.
A photographic society that is all about the actual joy of taking photographs. A photographic society were the person is more important than the equipment. In other words it does not matter to us whether you have the most up to date DSLR or a Camera Phone. What matters to us, is the person.