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Wed, 13 Mar


Online Talk

Just Be Yourself: The Journey Towards Authenticity in Photography

Please join us on Wednesday 13th March at 18:30 GMT for our monthly Photography Social Group for a talk by Justin Partyka.

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Just Be Yourself: The Journey Towards Authenticity in Photography
Just Be Yourself: The Journey Towards Authenticity in Photography

Time & Location

13 Mar 2024, 18:30 – 19:30

Online Talk


About the Event

Justin Partyka believes that to truly discover the authentic photographs that only you must take, you have to search deep inside yourself and follow your heart and gut instinct.

For this session Justin will talk about his own idiosyncratic journey in photography: how he ended up being a photographer, what photography means to him, why he does it and how he thinks about it. This is a talk that is probably not going to provide you with many answers. But hopefully it will inspire you to perhaps think about photography in new ways and have many questions to ponder about your own life as a photographer.

Justin will present photographs from this vast archive of over twenty years of work, including many previously unseen images that he will select especially for this talk. Justin will also share a special preview from a forthcoming feature length documentary film that he is currently editing.

Justin intends that this session will evolve into a discussion so please be prepared to have lots of questions.  A selection of images will be shared with you before the talk.

Photographs from this work have appeared in a number of publications and been exhibited widely including at Tate Britain (London), the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (Norwich), and the Boutographies photo festival (Montpellier).

You can take a look at his work at

Everyone is Welcome!

'Open Mic' - Following the presentation at each meeting there will be a 30 minute informal 'open mic' session for those who wish to discuss the presentation further, photography in general, or the Photography Social Group.7:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Meeting link for this meeting only:   - the link is also available on the Photography Social Group Padlet

Thought about joining, presenting, or have suggestions for future events at the Photography Social Group?

Discord | Your Place to Talk and Hang Out - would love to hear from you!  Please contact Jamie Davis at:

The Photography Social Group gatherings happen every second Wednesday of each month. 

And as always.... for more information on this and future sessions as well as recordings of past sessions please visit the Group's padlet Photography Social Group Padlet

Click this link Student Led Events  to access the calendar (you will need to be logged into OCA Learn)

 The event will appear as: 6:30 pm PH: Photography on the calendar. Click on that event and then click on "Copy to my calendar" 

We look forward to seeing you on 13th March.

NB: A date for your diary if you are in the area - a third in person meet up is planned for Saturday 15th June at 13:00 in Norwich at the Sainsbury Centre - details of the exhibition can be found here.  More details will follow after the meet up on 13th April at 11:00 at the Gallery MK for the Saul Leiter exhibition.

This event has a group. You’re welcome to join the group once you register for the event.

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