The Phorum


August 30th 2018
Mike Richards started us off with a breathtaking display of images he took on a 
trip to Bulgaria. Bulgaria still has wilderness and meadows and teems 
with wildlife.
Mike practiced photographing some of the region’s insects and birds 
with astonishing results - he uses a focussing technique which he promised to 
give us a workshop on how to do it. 
See half a dozen of his results in this month’s gallery*.
Our Phorum this month was dominated by our theme for the month: Connection.
The responses were diverse and not only from many different genres but also
stretching the bounds of those genres and the definition of “Connection”.
The ethos of the Phorum - no competition with all participants acknowledged and 
encouraged to try new ideas with a touch of appraisal and consideration - 
allows us to produce a vast range of images without the intimidation of any “right way” 
of doing things so often associated with club photography. **
Have a look at a gallery of this month’s images here:
Mike Hawley brought a book he made about a trip around China…superb images and 
a real warmth and empathy for the country and the people. 
This month’s theme:  BLUE
Cold, moody, quiet, relaxed, cornflowers, forget-me-nots, steel and hard hearted eyes;
depression, twilight - the moon, skies and oceans…it’s a big theme.
Our next meeting:
September 27th 2018 at 7.30pm.
Nursling Village Hall SO16 0XH
**(I attended a conference of camera club photographic judges over last weekend and
the general consensus was that competition and the pressure to “get a good mark”
stifles not only the range of photographs we get to assess but also creativity in
the fairly narrow range of genres usually presented. We all agreed that a change in 
the way clubs assess images and could broaden the range of genres represented would 
open possibilities for experimentation and outcomes which extend the emotional responses 
to images beyond the sentimental, the technically correct and the pretty.)

About The Phorum photography group

The Phorum was formed in response to requests for a meeting place which would

allow photographers to be acknowledged for their work, to have it peer appraised

with lively discussion and to learn from others in the group.

Unlike many Camera Clubs there are no competitions and each month there is a set

theme chosen by the group, the results of which are reviewed at each meeting.

We have regular talks and workshops covering technique, the history and range of

genres of photography and well known practitioners.

One of the aims of the group is for our work to be seen.

We have regular exhibitions - this year's took place in the

Southampton City Art Gallery - January to March 2017 and

we have our next planned for sometime during 2019.

We are also keen on the publication of self published photography books

and utilising Flickr and our own websites to display our work.

Our meetings take place on the last Thursday of every month.

The group is made up of very enthusiastic and prolific amateur photographers.

Absolute beginners can find their way with help and advice from those of us more knowledgeable 

and those with experience and skill can expand, find new creativity and direction away

from the sometimes limited range of ideas and genres available in traditional clubs.


For more information: If you would like to join the group or if you would like to be

added to our mailing list for a newsletter about our activities please send an email to: