Author Archives: Julian Claxton

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

Llessa, Eastern Desert, Egypt

Over the coming weeks, I’ll be uploading a selection of portraiture that I shot in 2012 when I cycled through East Africa.These portraits represent some of the remarkable people I met throughout the 5500 mile cycle adventure. Ilessa. Photographed in … Continue reading

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Egyptian Taxi Driver

Over the coming weeks, I’ll be uploading a selection of portraiture that I shot in 2012 when I cycled through East Africa. These portraits represent some of the remarkable people I met throughout the 5500 mile cycle adventure. I met … Continue reading

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Geoff Stevens | Pathways Care Farm | Lowestoft

Geoff Stevens                   Pathways Care Farm, Lowestoft Photographed in 2019 as part of the Water Mills & Marshes funded work, theportraits.co.uk – spoken in his own words. “It’s about treating people with dignity and respect” “I lived in London and have … Continue reading

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Portrait of Andrew King. Artist.

Portrait of Andrew King. Artist. Photographed in 2019 as part of https://theportraits.co.uk/ Spoken in his own words“I’ve always thought that I prefer the title of ‘painter’ rather than ‘artist’. Perhaps this is because any artistry that is involved exists purely … Continue reading

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Portrait of Miria | Uganda

Miria, photographed in 2018 during Give a Child a Camera workshops in Uganda. I met Miria when she enrolled on the #giveachildacamera project.She lives in a small room with her mother near the border with Rwanda. I was privileged to … Continue reading

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The Stunning Lake Bunyonyi

Arguably one of the finest views in East Africa – the stunning Lake Bunyonyi in Western Uganda.As well as running my photography project (www.giveachildacamera.co.uk) in Uganda, I get to enjoy fabulous views like this on a regular basis! Simply breathtaking … Continue reading

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Community Healthcare in Focus

Arguably the great work of our community healthcare providers has never been at the forefront of our thoughts as much as this year. The tireless effort, the patience of a saint, the ability to smile even when you’re under pressure … Continue reading

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Returning to St Helena Hospice

I recently had the privilege of returning to St Helena Hospice in Essex, tasked with the brief of capturing imagery of the staff in their Covid Safe working environment.As you would imagine, since my last visit the world is sadly … Continue reading

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Portrait of a Norfolk Farmer.

From the Portrait Series… Meet Ivan – a Norfolk Farmer, near Great Yarmouth Spoken in his own words in 2019. “This is Belton Black Mill. I’ve had it since around 1994 when I purchased it. It was renovated by Norfolk … Continue reading

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Hugh Crossley of the Somerleyton Estate

Adding to the portraiture theme, here is another portrait from 2019 and my ongoing project (if you know of anyone within Waveney that would make provide an interesting social history of the area, please get in touch!) Hugh Crossley of … Continue reading

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