Portrait | Nicholls Fish Stall Great Yarmouth

From the series Portrait.
Darren & Christine. Nicholls Fish Stall Great Yarmouth – spoken in their own words.
“Crabs are a big seller these days. When we first started, we had stacks of jellied eels with bread, in fact the bread would often run out and we would have to run to the baker, getting extra loaves to satisfy demand.
My Granddad started the business in 1946, he had to buy the recipe for the jellied eels off someone locally to start the business, it has been a family business, passed through the generations.
Dad used to catch the eels,, he would put the pots out at night and leave them twenty four hours, returning to collect them. I remember as a little girl seeing hundreds of eels biting on the river surface. He would have an old Austin van and would shout “Legs up” as the buckets fell over and eels would be swirling around inside.
As time moved on and tastes changed, the demands for things like jellied eels changed, so they started to introduce a bigger variety. Dad moved with the times, he introduced cockles, whelks and the like. When Darren and I took over and the market went undercover, we introduced wet fish to the market, coming from in from Lowestoft, Kings Lynn and Cromer.
I love the town, I hate it when people run the town down, it’s a lovely place to live. People honestly don’t realise how lucky they are, The beach, the Broads, what more could you want?”
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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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