Age UK Camden | Always Walking Alongside

Beginning of May, I was fortunate enough to spend a little time with the amazing staff and volunteers at Age UK Camden, documenting their quite astonishing response to the Covid19 pandemic, and the help they have provided to the residents of Camden.

Incredible work all of you!

“Age UK Camden: Always Walking Alongside

On the 6/March we held our wonderful literary festival, on the 13/March we moved as many people to work remotely as was possible and we delivered our first emergency food parcel. On the 15/March we launched our emergency appeal which has raised over £35,000, on the 19/March we closed our shop and made the difficult decision to close our day services provision from our hubs and on the 23/March we were in lockdown and working out of our hubs at Great Croft and Henderson Court. Since then we have delivered over 5000 emergency food parcels, delivered over 1000 food parcels for Ramadan, set up a telefriending service and set up a hospital discharge support service across the borough. This is all in addition to providing our core services remotely; I&A, Counselling, Good Neighbours Service, Care Navigation, Dementia Wellbeing/Befriending, Day Care Services, Internet Shopping, Digital Inclusion and our ABC project.

To capture this moment in time we’ve produced a video to share with our wider community. It shows some of what we’ve achieved. Please share the video on their social platforms so that we can provide a mexican wave over the internet! #ageukcamden #ageuk

Film: Julian Claxton
Music: Gabriel Angel Moreno”

#Charity #London #Camden #Covid19 #Film #Response

Great Yarmouth Market Stall

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?”
#Greatyarmouth #fishing #markets #market #norfolk #portrait#fishmongers

Norfolk Libraries | Pre Covid19 Shoot

Another pre Covid19 shoot! Timed just before the outbreak. I was given the brief to travel around the county of Norfolk From Kings Lynn to Great Yarmouth, documenting some of the marvellous facilities and activities at Norfolk Libraries.
Meeting everyone from bouncing babies, expectant mothers, passionate musicians to knitting groups.

Here are a few images from the first shoot.

#norfolk #kingslynn #libraries #library #community #people

The Birding Vicar

Rev Guias A Hawes “Birding Vicar”
The charming Rev Hawes was someone photographed in 2019 as part of the Portrait social history project.
Spoken in his own words
“Who am I, good question that. Even I am not sure at times. I like to think that I am individual, but like so many have succumbed to social media of our times. Birding was kick started when I was 11 years old after a visit by the police for trapping birds. I was sign posted to a local bird ringer, General Wainwright who introduced me into the world of wildfowl. I would spend one day a week, hands on at Abberton reservoir in Essex. But birding requires you to look up and this led me into conversations with God. So I do claim things about faith, Jesus and to some I am known as the “birding vicar”.

#portrait #vicar #suffolk #norfolk #birding #theportrait

Burgh Castle Almanac Promo

I’ve had the pleasure of working with the Burgh Castle Almanac project recently and have put together this short film of their experiences, featuring some of my footage and supplied footage from the beginning of the project.

A litle about the BCA

Burgh Castle Almanac is a mental wellbeing project that uses the historic landscape of Burgh Castle Roman Fort for inspiration, learning and companionship. It is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and run by the Restoration Trust in partnership with Norfolk Archaeological Trust, Access Community Trust, the Broads Authority and Norfolk Museums Service and the Broads Authority as part of their major project, Water Mills and Marshes. This film is made by members of the project with Julian Claxton, and is funded by the Community Fund.
www.burghcastlealmanac.org

Gennady

Gennady kindly posed for a portrait in 2019 as part of the ongoing #portraiture project.
Like many of the subjects, his story is both fascinating and incredibly moving.
A shortened version is below.

Gennady arrived in the UK around 19 years ago, due to the political situation in Eastern Europe.
First moving to the Midlands. Eventually he found himself in Lowestoft, after praying that he would be able to continue his fishing career.
“I came to the town, walked the streets and had nothing, no money and had lost hope. Eventually I stumbled across the Bethal Church. That’s when things changed, I found work on the docks and have been here ever since”
I haven’t seen my family for 11 years, I am waiting for a passport, it’s not easy, but with the support of friends, family and the church and it is bearable”

#watermillsandmasrhes #portraiture #portrait #lowestoft #fishing #suffolk #fisherman

A Portrait of Chantel

A portrait of Chantel from my series of people in Suffolk & Norfolk.

Spoken in her own words and photographed at her Norfolk home.

“I have been in the UK for 11 years, I came via Kamapla, coming to England as a refugee to escape the bad war in DRC. I still have family in DRC and also in Kampala, but sadly I don’t see them.
I miss Congo very much, although it has many problems It is still my home.

We came to the UK without anything, it has been difficult. Refugee life is not good, but at least there is peace and we feel safe. The children go to school and are doing well.
My five boys are all very good. One is not living here, but the others are all at home. One plays football for Wroxham FC and the others are at school and college doing very well, going to university”

#DRC #Uganda #Portrait #Wroxhamfc #Refugee #positive #stories #norfolk #norwich #watermillsmarshes

https://theportraits.co.uk/

A few weeks before the Covid 19 pandemic I was commissioned to create a series of visuals for a Hospice.

A few weeks before the Covid 19 pandemic I was commissioned to create a series of visuals for a Hospice.

I was greeted by a truly gentle calming and inspiring location. Gentle and Calming, just as one would hope a Hospice would be and inspiring due to the caring and friendly nature of the staff.
What I witnessed during my time on site was a building that seemingly functioned effortlessly around the patients and their families.

Of course, it wasn’t effortlessly at all, the staff & volunteers work terrifically hard at creating such an environment.
One which provides a suitable, dignified and calming place to reflect, celebrate lives and care for patients.

#Hospice #Care #Healthcare #Keyworker #Nurses #Dr #Photography #charity

Stunning Iceland Capture

I’ve just finished logging my Iceland images shot in February and somehow, when editing a selection a few weeks back missed this beautiful capture.
Evoking feelings of the location, temperature and senses, I truly love the softness and almost brush stroke feel to this image.

A lovely capture shot on my little Fuji XF

#Iceland #landscape #Fuji