Visit the Forum 20-26th August to view Cycle to Rwanda Images

Below is the article from the Eastern Daily Press 17th August.

A north Suffolk man who cycled six thousand miles across Europe and Africa to help children in Rwanda is staging a photographic exhibition from next week, giving an insight to his amazing journey.

Julian Claxton of Oulton, near Lowestoft, set off from Bury St Edmunds on April 28 with two fellow cyclists and crossed more than a dozen countries before reaching Rwanda’s capital Kigali on July 9.

He completed the ride despite suffering a bout of gastroenteritis

and facing “hell-like” conditions in Eygpt where temperatures soared to 44C.

From Monday, Mr Claxton, 32, is exhibiting a collection of eye-catching photographs he took on his journey at The Forum in Norwich. Among them is a picture of a street child in Sudan, who posed for a photograph, and another showing a farmer ploughing his land at sunrise in the Rift Valley in Ethiopia.

People visiting the The Cycle to Rwanda Photographic Journey will also be able to meet Mr Claxton and talk about his many experiences – including how he and his fellow cyclists crossed Egypt in six days and spent 10 days riding across the deserts of Sudan and into Ethiopia.

On arrival in Kigali, the cyclists received a heroes’ welcome and were met by the Rwandan cycling team and other Olympic athletes.

They were also treated to a reception in the national stadium and had afternoon tea with the British High Commissioner.

The Forum describes the week-long exhibition as “an emotive body of work documenting the highs and lows of this incredible, life-changing adventure through 14 countries”.

So far more than £9,200 in donations is already in place with Rwanda Aid.

The photographic exhibition will be on display for seven days from Monday in the Forum’s Atrium between 9am and 5.30pm.

To make a donation visit http://www.justgiving.com/cycletorwanda

 

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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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