#Giveachildacamera V3

After a short delay in running V3 for personal reasons, I’m really pleased to announce that it will now be underway in January 2018.

The project will be taking place in and around the towns of Kiniogo, Katuna and Rubaare Working with a group of vulnerable children, whose mothers are sex workers in these areas.

The children are under the supervision of an organisation that specialises in the care and wellbeing of their mothers – the sex workers (FSW). The organisation aims to ensure that the women are safe, looked after and their health is maintained.
Naturally a percentage of the women have tested positive for HIV, along with some of the children. However, with the drugs currently being offered their health is monitored by the organisation and to some extent they can maintain the lifestyle they need/require.

In January I will be working with a group of around 15 young children, where I will teach photography to the group, setting the children the objective of taking some photographs of their life and telling the story of what life in Uganda means for them.
They will have the opportunity to shoot a collection of images which will hopefully encompass their feelings, emotions and life challenges.

The project isn’t just about taking photographs, it is about providing an opportunity for a section of society in this region of Uganda to challenge themselves, using new technology (relatively speaking) to gain new skills and to have aspirations that would otherwise not be possible.
For some, the project may offer ‘a way out’, while for others it may offer the opportunity to learn a new skill and, ultimately a chance to develop that skill, or quite simply it may just offer an alternative form of learning and entertainment.

The culmination of V3 will see a mini exhibition at the offices of the FSW in Katuna, along with prints given to the children.

Upon returning to the UK I will be exhibiting their images, alongside a set of portraits of the women.
The children’s images will form the basis of the story and will include a small bio from each child.
The venue has yet to be found….
For further information visit https://giveachildacamera.wordpress.com/

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EEEGR Christmas Ball

First of all, Happy New Year to you all – I trust the festive period was a restful and enjoyable time.

Just before Christmas I attended the East of England Energy Group ball at Dunston Hall, celebrating a highly successful 2017 members certainly seemed to have an enjoyable evening in wonderful surroundings

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What better way to celebrate Christmas than with a Choir!

The Christmas theme continues this week with two excellent choirs at The Forum, Norwich on Sunday who were raising money for the Big C cancer charity.
 
Although the weather was rather damp and cold, Broadbeat choir and then Broadland Youth Choir created a fabulous atmosphere within the Forum, insuring everyone left feeling rather festive.
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Chineke! @ Kings College | Cambridge

Had the pleasure of photographing the incredible rehearsals of Chineke! at Kings College Chapel in Cambridge a coupe of weeks ago…

Having heard about Chineke! I was eager to hear them in person and wow… the performance was simply sublime.
The acoustics of Kings College Chapel lent themselves perfectly to the orchestra.

To be there, while the chapel was practically empty during rehearsals was certainly a real treat!

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Give a Child a Camera | V3 2018 | Uganda

Give a Child a Camera | V3 2018 | Uganda

I’m really pleased to announce that #Giveachildacamera returns for 2018, where I will be rolling the project out to a group of young vulnerable children on the border with Rwanda.

Give a child a camera is all about providing slightly different opportunties for children in East Africa.
After a little bit of tution the children, (who have not used cameras before) are given their cameras for around a week, where they document their lives in a fascinating fashion.

If you would like to get involved, have an old camera, laptop, equipment or wish to donate to the project please pop along to the project website  https://giveachildacamera.wordpress.com/

Julian with the photo students at Eden

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Cycle Shoot in Top Local Bike Chain

Always a pleasure to pop along to a shoot in a cycle related location!
A couple of weeks ago I visited Pedal Revolution in their Norwich store to update some of their imagery to keep in touch with their new branding.

It was good fun and I managed to leave the store without a new bike purchase! I was somewhat impressed with my resolve!

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The Barber of Seville | Theatre Royal, Norwich

The Barber of Seville was the incredible opera performed to an enthused audience at the Norwich Theatre Royall on Sunday as three Norwich schools (Mile Cross Primary School, Valley Academy & St Augustine’s ) took to the stage & performed their own inspired creations of the Barber of Seville that had been developed over several weeks with the help & guidance from a professional team of musicians & directors.
Soprano was again performed by the lovely Lynsey Docherty, while the guest Baritone spot was taken up by Philip Smith.

Should you ever have the opportunity to go and see one of the Norfolk Schools Projects then I would highly recommend it.

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Norfolk Schools Project | Norwich

I feel privileged to be able to continue my long association with the team behind the Norfolk Schools Project at the Norwich Theatre Royal

The Autumn project is well underway and last week I took a trip to Valley Primary Academy in Norwich for the Joint Singing Workshop, which sees all three schools come together for an afternoon of creative expression ahead of their performances at the theatre this coming Sunday.

Embracing their roles, it was a joy to watch the children fulfill their creative potential.

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Stunning Office Space to Shoot in Cambridge

A rather cool office space welcomed me a few weeks back in Cambridge.. This property company had a rather inspirational ‘photo wall’ of their property projects, some nice furnishings and superb coffee!

As well as a collection of people focused imagery, I also had the pleasure of visiting & photographing some of their impressive developments around the city, which, needless to say featured some rather inspiring architecture

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An enjoyable introduction to Golf at Bawburgh Golf Club….

An enjoyable introduction to Golf.
To be honest, I’m not really a big golf fan, I’ve never seen the appeal of spending several hours walking around the course – however, two weeks ago armed with my camera gear, umbrella (not needed, but felt it helped me look the part!) and a golf buggy (thank goodness for this!) I had the pleasure of attending the BIG C corporate golf day at Bawburgh Golf Club.

It took me an hour or so to learn the course, where I could and couldn’t go and how to avoid the flying the golf balls.
What transpired was an enjoyable day shooting images of the various teams taking on the 18 holes – I learnt a lot and a ball (excuse pun!) but for what it’s worth, I’ll stick to the cycle for my leisure activity!

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