161 Photo Experiences and Mentoring: 2020 Experiences (CANCELLED): Poitiers: Discovering an Ancient Hilltop City

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DATES MAY 2020 

Wednesday 20 - Monday 25 May 2020 

Or  

DATES JULY 2020 

Friday 10 - Wednesday 15 July 2020 

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS 

DURATION 

4.5 days / 5 nights 

PRICE 

300 € - special price for early booking. Please book by 29 February 2020. For bookings after this date the price will be 425 € . Price is for photography tuition and mentoring only for 4.5 days.  

Explore one of France's ancient hilltop cities while you develop your photography skills. This Experience will bring you to the city of Poitiers, one of France's oldest university cities, known for its picturesque and classical architecture and layout. In Poitiers Justin will also invite you into atelier 161, his work studio in the heart of the city, and talk about his archive and other work. The Experience will be based around exploring and photographing various aspect and areas of Poitiers including the ancient and the modern.   

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CITY INCLUDE  

Parc de Blossac is considered one of the most beautiful parks in France, covering 9 hectares close to the city centre. A number of exquisite churches including Eglise Notre-Dame le Grande, Eglise Sainte-Radeonde, Eglise Saint-Hilaire and Cathédrale Saint-Pierre. Winding old streets and back alleys connecting to a number of squares. Markets including the popular Marché Notre-Dame which features indoor stalls, and outdoor sellers on a Saturday, and on Sunday another larger market on the edge of the city offers a totally different multicultural experience, both offering an exciting insight into the local food traditions and the continuing central role of the market in French life.  

THE EXPERIENCE FORMAT  

161 Photo Experiences are designed to be fully immersive experiences and you will be doing and thinking about photography day and night. During the day there will be review and discussion sessions and Justin will take the group to different locations in the city where you will have an opportunity to put things into practice and futher develop your photography skills and authorship. Meals will be taken as a group and will offer further opporunities to discuss all aspects of photography and your experiences photographying the city (and many other things).   

The Experience will begin Wednesday evening and finish on Monday afternoon after a group lunch.   

PRACTICAL INFORMATION AND LOGISTICS  

Maximum Number of Participants: 6  

Minimum Number of Participants: 2  

Price: 300 € - 425 € depending on booking date (see above) 

How to book and pay: Please contact Justin Partyka on the email address below to reserve a place and arrange payment by bank transfer or via Justin's online store.  

Full payment is required to reserve your space on the Experience.   

Location: Poitiers - region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine.  

Language: English and some basic French.  

Average temperature: July 26°C  

WHAT TO BRING  

Digital camera: Medium format, SLR, mirrorless, or point and shoot compact camera. A smart phone or ipod touch with a camera if you have one. Film camera users are welcome to come on the experience. There are colour film processing facilities available at a photo lab in Poitiers (you will be responsibe for the costs of your film and developing).   

(For cameras with changeable lenses, if possible please  bring  a single focal length 35mm lens on a full frame camera SLR or equivalent 23mm for APS sensor).  

SD cards, batteries and charger.  

Laptop computer with photo viewing software and SD card reader.  

Portable hard drive.   

Comfortable footwear. Rain jacket.   

Sunhat and sunscreen.   

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE EXPERIENCE PRICE  

Photography tuition  

WHAT IS EXCLUDED FROM THE EXPERIENCE PRICE  

Your travel to and from Poitiers  

Accommodation.  

Food and drink.  

Film and processing (if working with film)  

Travel insurance.   

ARRIVING FOR THE EXPERIENCE AND ACCOMMODATION  

Participants should aim to arrive in Poitiers by 18.00 on Wednesday 20 May or Friday 10 July. Justin will meet participants at Poitiers train station.  

It is recommeded that you travel by train to Poitiers. Direct trains to Poitiers are available from Lille and Paris (including Charles de Gaulle Airport) in the North and Bordeaux in the South amongst other places.    

Poitiers also has a small airport, currently with flights from the UK by Ryanair and a limited number of flights from elsewhere in France. It is possible that Ryanair will not be flying to Poitiers in 2020, so please be preapred to travel by train or to fly elsewhere and make an alternative journey to Poitiers. If you would like advice on travel and suggested train / flight times etc, please get in touch.  

Various accommodation is avaiable in Poitiers to suit all budgets. There are a number of hotels in the city centre. There are also a few Airbnb rentals offered in the city. More details on hotels etc are available if required. Just send an email.   

If you have any questions about the Experience or to book a place please contact Justin Partyka.   

CONTACT DETAILS  

Justin Partyka photographie  

atelier 161 Grand’Rue  

86000 Poitiers  

France  

www.justinpartyka.com  

161@justinpartyka.com  

Tel: 00 33 (0)6 02 34 38 93 (France mobile) Tel: 00 44 (0)77 88 57 19 64 (UK mobile)