Feel inspired and joyful of humankind!

Just under two weeks to go until the awards evening..!

I like to think I have helped inspire the children at Eden school to think about photography and art, giving them the opportunity to use cameras and try something new…. Equally, those children and others I have met during my East Africa travels have inspired me to think about life differently.

After all, look at the passion these kids have, how can you not feel inspired and joyful of humankind!

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Finalist in Travel Media Awards 2015!

I’m really pleased announce that my photograph below – of the children of Eden school has been chosen as one of the five finalists for the 2015 Travel Media Awards.

November will see me at the awards ceremony in London to stand alongside four other amazing travel photographers.

Thanks to all of you who have supported my travel work, been to my exhibitions and helped with the project ‘Give a child a camera’

More information on the awards is available ahttp://travelmediaawards.com/finalists/

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Morning chapel in Uganda

This is a short video of the morning chapel at Eden school in rural Uganda. Living with a Ugandan family in the local community I was privileged to be welcomed into the homes and school of the local residents. One of the many highlights was the daily morning chapel service held at the school…. visit my video on youtube to view the wonderful singing for yourself.

Buy the book | Life in Rural Uganda

Thanks to all who paid a visit to my exhibition over the last couple of days and to those of you who joined me for wine and lovely canapés (thanks to Funnells for those) Monday evening.

I hope the photographs inspired you and from the point of view of the children’s work from Eden School, made your heart warm.

I’m at the Forum in Norwich until 4pm on the 8th August so be sure to pop in.
I was also on Radio Norfolk yesterday afternoon, on the Stephen Bumfrey show (around 14:30) talking about the project and featuring some superb sounds from the children as they sung aloud! fantastic! I’d encourage you to listen again if you are able to.

On another note to do with the project, exhibition and to continue the growth of the project, as well as telling a story of my time in rural Uganda I have published a photographic book.

The book features a stunning selection of my images from rural Uganda, while half the book is devoted to the photographic students of Eden School and their amazing photographs of their life.

The book is available to purchase through the link below as well as Amazon (within a couple of weeks) or if you pop into the exhibition order a copy for £25.00

Of course, proceeds from the book go towards my continued involvement in the project “Give a child a camera”

http://www.lulu.com/shop/julian-claxton/life-through-a-lens-rural-uganda/paperback/product-22301890.html

Photo story on a TV set

Working on a film set with Relational Schools in Linton Cambridgeshire, I was asked to produce a narrative of the days filming… It’s the second time I’ve worked with a production company and it was good fun! testing at times…seeing several cracking images, but unable to shoot due to sound noise, I had to bide my time!

A series of documentary images were produced, providing a glimpse behind the filming of the days activities at Linton Village College

Schools project in full swing

The Norfolk Schools Project was in full swing yesterday, as Kinsale school in Norwich had their chance to impress Lynsey Docherty with their pretty impressive singing, before performing their pieces in the joint singing workshop In the afternoon. Which saw all three schools come together, working on a collaboration and individual pieces.

Every child in the group seemed enthused and it’s testament to the hard work of everyone involved that a project like this is of such benefit.

To watch the children develop from shy individuals to confident performers is really quite something.

Child & her sister in Uganda

Taken in Uganda | May 2014

This young girl and her sister came running down the hill, her sister strapped to her back as she bounced bare foot over the grass, through a bush and to the house I was spending time in.

As my local village was showing me around his home, she kept peering inside, keen to no doubt get a look at the weird white man with a camera!

After a while, she began to walk away, I stopped her and grabbed my Nikon – she just stood and smiled and the moment was captured!

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Norfolk Schools Project | Final Performance

On Sunday three schools from Norwich took to the stage at the Norwich Theatre Royal to perform their own unique and rather fabulous versions of the The Magic Flute..

I have watched the kids develop into wonderful performers who looked as though they felt very at home on the stage!

Below are some images from the performance on Sunday… arriving at the theatre at 10am I was able to photograph the rehearsals, enabling me to get nice and close to the action while staying on for the main performance, watching several parents have a tear or two!