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

Mohammed | Egypt

Another emotive image from the epic UK to Rwanda cycle adventure – from one of my favourite countries – Egypt. – a picture of Mohammed. I had spent around 6 hours in the saddle, travelling along the Nile Southwards, ultimately … Continue reading

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Covid Portraiture | Robert

Early this year I began shooting portraiture of people working throughout the #covid19 pandemic. A series of simple images, shot using one strobe, a plain background ( a rarity for me) and often in spaces with little room (offices, living … Continue reading

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Filming of Dr Hills

Last week I had the pleasure of filming Dr Hills Casebook at the Halesworth Cut. A fascinating play, pulled together by the inspiring folks at Bungay based UpShoot Theatre Company. It’s a story of a Doctor, his patients and the … Continue reading

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Portrait of Biscuit Jill

Biscuit Jill “Around 9 years ago I belonged to a business networking event in Norwich and we were provided the opportunity to visit the BigC centre in Norwich. The first thing that happens when you arrive is you’re given a … Continue reading

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Rain, Mud, A Model, Workwear & A Photographer

With the world starting to open up again, it’s lovely to have plenty of shoots booked in for the weeks and months ahead. One recent shoot saw me in the middle of the Northamptonshire countryside, on a farm up to … Continue reading

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Portrait of Muhammad in Sudan

Continuing with the portrait theme from the epic cycle ride to Rwanda in 2012, this is a portrait of Muhammad in Sudan. I had packed up and left my pitch in the desert at 5am – it was peaceful, beautiful … Continue reading

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A Life in Beet

Another portrait from the social portrait series, taken in 2019. Alex Mason – A life in Sugar Beet Spoken in his own words in 2019. “if you’re a long way from it, it’s quite a pleasant smell”It was long journey … Continue reading

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Portrait of Karina | Norwich

Continuing with the portrait theme and stories about positive immigration.I shot this portrait of Karina in Norwich around two years ago, as part of the Portraits project of people (still ongoing) who live, work and have moved to Norfolk & … Continue reading

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The places I shoot!

The things we Photographers do to get ‘that’ shot… I must admit, it was a joy to be out shooting imagery again for clients… and on a wintery day, what better place to be that climbing a grain store in … Continue reading

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Ash – Envy Barbers | Lowestoft

Good luck to all those retailers/pubs/gyms& hairdressers opening this week! Whilst working on some lockdown portraits, I popped over to Envy Barbers in Lowestoft and shot this striking portrait of owner Ash. I don’t normally shoot portraiture this wide, but … Continue reading

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