It’s A Cold Morning on the Suffolk Coast

Leaving home at 6am in the dark and cold, setting out with the camera, it felt really quite refreshing and I was looking forward to a nice crisp morning and some atmospheric sunrise shots.

I had earmarked the Broads and was all prepared to head out, but as I was driving, something said to me that the sunrise wasn’t going to be anything spectacular. I rerouted, thought about the options and decided if it was going to be a little misty and grey I should perhaps shoot something a little industrial, rather than just going home.

Lake Lothing near Lowestoft was my choice. I’ve never seen  images of the area and I’m all for creating images which are slightly different or away from the usual.

Being pitch black and damn cold, no one else was about, and with the track going down to the water’s edge completely covered with litter, I wasn’t that optimistic. However, setting the camera up and taking time out to work out the shot, I loved the scene that was in front of me. It was cold, grey and industrial. It almost had a feeling of the soviet era about it.

I feel image DSC4054 really encapsulates the feeling of the lack of industry around this area.

Next time you’re out with the camera, take time and think. Just because it’s not sunny, bright and looking wonderful weather, don’t be afraid to try something different.

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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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