The Phorum


 The Phorum 

 Thursday 31st October 2019

Nursling Village Hall 

SO16 0XH

Our theme this month:


Moments in time and space, recording the absence of "now".

There’s a fine line between pseudo intellectual ramblings and what may be a reasonable 
attempt at describing experience….either way photography and experience are intimately connected….
Our experience of life, our reality, is of a fleeting “present” moment which constantly 
arrives from an imaginary future and immediately devolves to a memory giving us the illusion of a 
present moment and of time passing. 
Photography pauses the moment; something we can’t do for ourselves, and allows
us an insight into the “non - existent” present. As we stop and stare at things we’ve learnt to identify
they become familiar and take on the mantle of reality, however in the bustle of activity reality can 
become a blur - photography incites us to observe the bustle encouraging a reality rarely experienced
in everyday existence. Our experience is our perception of moments of the illusion of reality.
Are sentient beings the universe’s experience of itself?
We had a remarkable presentation of images taking a stab at many aspects of our reality.
Some of which we are fully aware such as the seasons, familiar faces and activities but also 
events and objects, scenes and tableaux noticed as a fleeting glance or observed as part of
our “active seeing and looking”. The resulting images reveal much more when studied than the 
the original observations would have suggested.
I’ve included a couple of brief stories that help to unravel some of the pictures in the 
gallery pages which can be found here:
If you’d like to comment please send an email to our email address below.


Huxley Parlour will be having their “Masters of Photography” 
show starting 20th November for a month and 
Richard Avedon is still on at Hamilton’s Gallery for a few days more as is
 “Cowboy Kate” a seminal work by Sam Haskins at the Atlas Gallery.
Zhang Ketchun - new work also at the Huxley parlour Gallery until Nov 16th.
Much more here:

Our next theme:   ILLUSION

Antony’s suggestion promises to produce many diverse ideas as we struggle to
penetrate what it means to us and our attempts to find ways to photograph “it”.

Next Meeting:  Thursday November 28th 2019

in Nursling Village Hall SO16 0XH at 7.30pm.

a-moment 2 


 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 we have our next planned for sometime during 2020.

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: