A picture of success

The University of Plymouth is hosting a presentation on 24 June by photographer Joakim Boren who will be explaining what it is like to travel the world as a commercial photographer.

Swedish-born Joakim studied Design Photography at the University of Plymouth and now works as a freelance photographer specialising in fashion, architecture and location photography. He is a client of Formation Zone, the creative industry incubator based at the University.

Named as the Most Innovative Newcomer at the 2009 Media Innovation Awards and previously the Magenta Foundation Emerging Photographer in 2006, Joakim is continuing to develop his work in the South West.

The event is being held as part of the Formation Zone Connect network, an informal network of people working in and with the creative sector. Monthly events provide opportunities for networking and information sharing, with a variety of speakers and presentations on topics relevant to new, creative businesses.

There is an event taking place every month between now and December with topics covering IT solutions to Knowledge Transfer schemes as well as showcases of Formation Zone clients and general networking.

Eleanor Butland, Formation Zone Programme Manager said: "So far in 2009, we have already hosted successful events to launch the tourism and creative skills online toolkit, how to make the most of intellectual property and environmental sustainability for small businesses. The Connect network is an opportunity for people working in and with the creative sector to meet informally and share information."

Connect membership is open to all. 30 a year gives access to all activities, with membership forms available from Formation Zone by telephoning 01752 585550. Free membership is available to students and charitable and not-for-profit organisations.

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