The Phorum

Zoom Phorum
Thursday 30th July 2020. at 6.00pm.
Something very different and interesting this month…
as well as a superb set of images as usual representing (or not!) our theme for this month
(In line with Southampton Art Gallery’s theme for their 2020 OPEN Exhibition):
Journey, Migration and the Sea
Heath and Anton presented sets of images as slideshows, each with a profound background.
Heath was inspired by a series of ideas and events to produce this series.
The music, from an excellent northern band called “The Young-Uns”, 
they were inspired to write this song;  Dark Waters, by the story of a Syrian refugee 
who swam the five miles of treacherous sea across the Aegean Strait between Turkey and Greece. 
The band decided to find this remarkable fellow and found Hesham Modamai in Berlin.
See their meeting and his story here:
David Eagle, one of the band members is also blind and an award winning stand up comedian.
Heath’s images and the song here:
Anton made this brief timescale of our nearby waters, reflecting memories of ancient travellers, 
migrants, ocean going sailing boats and liners - the sea remaining constant representing 
freedom and the endless possibilities of discovery from here to the ends of the world.
Everything around changes and the sea stays the same. Wet.
See our usual gallery of images here:
Trevor excelled himself with the comet Neowise, Antony produced his usual intriguing 
evocative composites and abstracts. Dave found himself migrating locally drifting along under the cliffs 
and finding expanse and remoteness. Tony’s boats, relics of migrations of mackerel and herring
and who knows, a rescue from Dunkirk? Roy's butterflies are known to migrate thousands of miles! 
Martin settling his eye on paricular brighness in the water, the floating feathers suggesting another type of migration.
Dennis from the sea to the sea, from continent to continent.
Our next theme:
Dump, Dumped and Dumping.
In response to the disregard some have for their own doorstep! 
Layby fly tipping, MacDonalds thrown out of a car window, beer cans left on a wall
- indiscriminate littering…we all know we and our friends don’t do this so who does?
See what you can come up with.
Next Phorum
Thursday 27th August 2020  at 6.00pm
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Migrant workers, Urumqi, western China
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 - last year's took place in the Southampton City Art Gallery - January to March 2017 and this year's exhibition - 

our 2020 show entitled "BRITISH" is currently on the walls of the Southampton City Art Gallery but due to end on May 9th - and sadly no one will have seen it.

It is here online:

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: