Damn hard shoot!

Firstly, I should apologise for the lack of recent posts..

Work has been pretty slow, as it usually is this time of year and I’ve had so much else to do that the blog has taken a back seat for a while..thankfully I have an update.

I was offered some editorial work to shoot at a smokehouse in Suffolk for a feature.. really excited by this I naturally jumped at the chance..

The day of the shoot arrived, and it was so damn cold it was awful. The Smokehouse in question was naturally right on the coast and the wind was cutting off the sea and across the land and within two minutes I couldn’t feel my hands at all.. I proceed to set the studio lights up in the smokehouse, but because of the wind the smoke was bellowing around the shelter, which basically meant that my subject matter could stand in place for no more than about 5 seconds due to watering eyes! This coupled with the cold and bitter wind made this one of the hardest shoots I’ve recently done.

I came away stinking of smoke, frozen cold and not in a very good mood! Thankfully I got enough shots for the magazine in question, but it was far from ideal!

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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