What a week!

Well the Tour of Britain is all over…it’s been one hell of a week for all concerned and especially for all the folks involved with Sigma Sport.

Stage 7 was just simply wonderful for the team – with Minty going on a great 70 mile two man breakaway, which provided wonderful media coverage for the team and to be honest, I’m so glad it was Minty. He is a real gem of a bloke.. I went to the feed station with Pete during the race and had arranged to jump into team car two for the remainder of the race, which proved a great choice! As because Minty was in the break, car 2 had been moved through the Peleton to right at the front – so I was there in the front seat of the Merc, capturing a couple of great pictures of Minty as he came for gels and food.

The one moment that really summed up what a fab bloke he is, is when Belgium Pete (the other rider on the break with Minty) powered on and left him lagging, Minty pulled alongside and said with a smile on his face a laugh in his voice “sorry lads, I’ve got nothing left” – Sorry?? he was a bloody star!

All the guys at Sigma have been so  friendly and have been good to me, even though I’ve been hitting the shutter every thirty seconds. I don’t think they’ve had a rest from me at all!

Stage 8 – in London (docklands) was good, a little bit of a wind down really, but still nice. Both Simon and Wouter went on breaks to further get more media coverage.

I’ve got some wonderful images, so in between other photographic work I’ll be sorting the images and sending them off . Sigma and myself are working on putting together a great book for the TOB – so watch this space!

Home at last – to my own bed and without a hotel in sight!!

About Julian Claxton

My passion for photography is supported by experiences gained on exciting travel adventures and through working for fantastic photographers. In 2006, I made the exciting step of realising my dream of becoming a freelance photographer. Since this pivotal moment, I have held numerous exhibitions, been featured nationally & internationally in print and won numerous awards, including being a finalist in the National Geographic Photographic competition in 2013 with one of my documentary images from the Sudan. From an early age I began to enjoy taking pictures of my daily life, basking in the thrill of sending the film to the printers and eagerly awaiting the pocket sized prints. My first foray into the world developing and printing strangely began at school when I was asked to produce a descriptive photo for the school newspaper. A front page shot later and I was destined to start the long arduous journey of becoming a photographer. In between exciting travel adventures and working for fantastic photographers, I graduated from college and at a crossroads in my journey to becoming a pro photographer, I embarked on a career working as a medical photographer. Learning new skills and dabbling in video production as well as progressing design skills, I yearned for the challenge and freedom of becoming a freelance. I have been fortunate enough to work on some amazing assignments which have included shooting a documentary assignment with an air ambulance, gaining full access to a British Pro cycling team during an international UCI tour, cycling to Rwanda and creating a photographic documentary of my journey. The experiences continue to grow, meeting wonderful people to photograph and telling the story of their journey. The list of events and striking moments that have played out through my viewfinder continue to grow and provide me with ever increasing snapshots of life to capture. One of the highlights of my career thus far has been staying in rural Uganda, teaching photography to the kids from the region, in a project I set up in late 2014, entitled ‘Give a child a camera’. The basis of the project is to supply 35mm cameras and film to the rural schools in this region of East Africa, teaching the children how to shoot photographs. After a week of taking photos of their life, an exhibition is held at the school and the children leave with their very own album, camera and film. One of the images I shot at Eden school in rural Uganda, during morning chapel won the 2015 Travel Media Tourism and Photography award. A great honour and one that I wouldn’t have picked up had it not been for the wonderful children of East Africa. For further information please visit www.julianclaxtonphotography.com
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