A cold job on the Norfolk Broads

When a job comes in for work on the Norfolk Broads it is usually a pleasant experience, nice weather and usually fairly warm (even in March) so when I woke up this morning and saw the snow laying on the ground, I knew it was nice for thermals and plenty of lens clothes!

Today was the launch of the new Broads Authority boat ‘Spirit of Breydon’ which has seen a 115k investment in the rather fine vessel (that’s sailing speak I believe!)

The presentation and ‘cutting of the ribbon’ took place on the dock while a blizzard was underway! Not great for posed pictures.

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My Snow Covered Equipment

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Ready for the off on the new Spirit of Breydon

Thankfully we got a good 30min journey out on the water to really get a feel for the boat, and wow what fun it was! fast & very nimble.

With the weather turning, blue clouds appeared for a whole 3 mins – several shots later and the good ole snow returned!

The Spirit of Breydon - on Breydon Water The Spirit of Breydon - on Breydon Water


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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