The Phorum



25th July 2019

Nursling Village Hall SO16 0XH

Our last meeting in June was an evening out around Nursling Village Hall
- an exercise in observation in a sort of standard residential suburb with 
no obvious outstanding features. 
Using the warm lowering sunlight, compositional skill and artistic intent 
we’ve come up with some gems of images…it shows just how photography is 
a communication and the essence of communication is intention.
The subject can be arbitrary to the communication.
British - Britishness - This was our theme for June and July.
Now that the rest of Europe is going to return at last to its original status
of “holiday destination” being British has taken on a subtle new aura.
Back to the good old days of Empire and Victorian morals or into the future
being sold down the river by a blonde wigged Eton shower boy to
a confused blonde wigged populist builder. I’m guessing we’ll be a bit of both...
Either way being British is mostly about how we see ourselves and hopefully
our photographs reflect that narrative.
We also had a very brief demo on using reflectors to assist lighting portraits 
using natural light al fresco. Some of the resulting shots of Mike (one pf the best
uncomplaining models south of the M25) are among the excellent photographs 
in this month’s gallery:
Many local camera clubs have their exhibitions at this time of year…
keep an eye open for those;
for instance - Chichester Camera Club (one of the biggest clubs around) has its annual
exhibition starting 11th August in the Assembly Rooms, Chichester.
Do make an effort to see Cindy Sherman at the National Portrait Gallery
and Jeff Wall at the White Cube Gallery - both in London.
Lots more here:
Our theme for August is HEAT
Plenty of scope for a multitude of interpretations.
Our next meeting:
Thursday 29th August 2019
Nursling Village Hall
SO16 0XH
Fawley Oil Refinery gives off heat and causes its own micro climate.
A cricket in the Spanish Pyrenees.

 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: