161 Photo Experiences and Mentoring: 161 Photo Experiences - UPDATE September 2020


What a crazy year 2020 has turned out to be! 

The coronavirus has essentially written off the 161 Photo Experiences for 2020 and possibly 2021 too. Not only is it diffcult for people to travel around, especially coming to France from overseas. I am also not willing to put anybody's health at risk by holding a photo workshop at this time. It is certainly not something that could easily take place in the time of social distancing. The 161 Photo Experiences are about hanging out and getting to know one another, learning from each other and developing a camaraderie. We cannot do that by keeping a metre or more away from each other and wearing masks. Although France is currently trying to returning back to normal, but with restrictions in place I am not conviced that it is safe yet to hold workshops. The increasing number of cases now appearing again at a rapid rate and the events that are having to be cancelled because of this, clearly suggest that we are anything but close to returing to normal.  

At the same time, daily life in the time of the mask has really changed the way that the streets look, and not in a good way. The spontaneous way that a photographer works on the streets is now challenged due to people wearing masks. I am not interested in photographing people wearing masks. The work then becomes something different and looses the timeless quality that I believe all good photography has.  

I will continue to assess the situation over the months ahead. Perhaps a Photo Experience can take place sometime in 2021 in some form. At the moment I just have no idea.  

Information about the Photo Experiences for 2020 (now cancelled) have been left here on the website so you can see what was planned and hopefully offered again in the near future. 

In the meantime I am offering two forms of mentoring sessions for anyone that is interested. See the Mentoring section on the website below.  

If you have any questions about mentoring or future 161 Photo Experiences, please get in touch.  

Stay safe and keep photographing!  

Justin Partyka - September 2020