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

The 2017 Steeplechase Derby

The 2017 Steeplechase Derby was held in Norfolk on Saturday amidst sublime summer weather… once the warm up was through, the race started and competitors took to the jumps, running through water, over logs, through mud and up hills… Well … Continue reading

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The Big C Bungee in Norwich

Ever fancied doing a bungee jump?… well, hopefully these images will give you a small glimpse into the fun that over 40 people had on Sunday at the Big C charity jump outside the Forum in Norwich. Arguably having the … Continue reading

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Portraiture | Cambridge

Really pleased to be asked to collaborate with an agency who works with universities in Cambridge. They wanted a selection of editorial style portraiture of academics for use in up and coming PR material. The brief required bright and pleasing … Continue reading

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Learning at home PR Campaign

Brief in hand I popped along to my shoot location in Norfolk to a lovely property ready to shoot images of these adorable girls for a summer PR campaign… Greeted with waves, shouts and “the photographer is here” I set … Continue reading

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PR Shoot in Norwich

Popped along to a lovely little estate near Cringleford, Norwich a couple of weeks ago, to meet a family who had agreed to pose for an upcoming pr campaign. I had quite a brief to squeeze into a relatively short … Continue reading

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Train shoot in Norfolk

Enjoyable little train journey the other week, shooting some business pr images on public transport… Health & Safety concerns meant I wasn’t allowed to use any additional lighting, so I ended up shooting most of the material with my 50mm … Continue reading

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Norfolk & Norwich Festival Garden Party in full swing

The Norfolk & Norwich Festival garden party was in full swing at the weekend, as crowds packed out Chapelfield Gardens to enjoy the free entertainment as part of the wonderful festival activities. I particularly enjoyed having a go and embracing … Continue reading

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Norfolk & Norwich Festival Gala

The annual Norfolk & Norwich Festival gala evening was held in the wonderful Adnams Spiegeltent in Chapelfield gardens last night, where the who’s who of Norfolk turned out to enjoy a wonderful evening, interspersed with amazing acts to entertain and … Continue reading

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Breakin’ Convention in Norwich

  The experiences I get to embrace as a photographer are pretty special and often will include performances, experiences or interactions with people that I wouldn’t normally get to enjoy. One experience was attending Breakin’ Convention at the Theatre Royal … Continue reading

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Wonderful start to #NNF17

Last night at the Forum saw the opening reception of the 2017 Norfolk & Norwich Festival. After a brief introduction to selected guests, it was time to join the artist Luke Jerram for a look at the moon. Meanwhile crowds … Continue reading

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