Salima & Musimlwia at their Norwich home

Last year I met Salima & Musimlwia at their Norwich home, enjoying a wonderful chat, with some great coffee and a moving story.

I was fortunate enough to hear their story and photograph them, as part of the #portrait project with Water, Mills and Marshes: the Broads Landscape Partnership

Spoken in their own words.

“All we need in DRC is Peace”

“We have been in the UK for 10 years, a long time, but our English is still a little broken.
My Family is from DRC Congo. With the politics they do some bad things, some terrible things. They are not in reality”
“We come from Bukavu, near Kivu Lake, between Rwanda and Congo. We have many lakes and forests. We came to the UK to escape the War with Rwanda and Uganda. I will never return. I still have Family in Congo, in Africa we have big families, not like the UK.
I miss the Congo, but we need the peace of England. I don’t need anything, I just need health and peace. In the Congo our people have everything we need, just like here, but they just need protection, without this we cannot do anything. There is danger that this protection will never come because of the minerals.
Living in Norwich compared to other Cities I have lived, like Sheffield, it is very clear, I can breathe good air, it is safe. English people are different to African people. People have to know you to talk to you. It is very difficult to learn the English language as people do not contact you. I have 4 children, all children were born in England, it was only my wife and I that came over from Congo” #norwich #positivestories #immigration #norfolk #portraiture #family #congo #africa #war #escape

Cycling fun in Yarmouth

Fabulous shoot a few weeks ago in sunny Great Yarmouth with a wonderful family.

I was on the lookout for some suitable models and up steps one of the most willing and helpful families around! Kindly giving up a couple of hours, they came, bikes in tow ready to pose along the bright and sunny seafront.

Thankfully Yarmouth has now added to the seafront appeal with some equally bright and cheerful beach huts which provided a useful backdrop.

Miracle | Uganda

This is 12 year old Miracle.
She lives with her grandmother in Southwest Uganda. Sadly her parents both died of HIV and since then her grandmother has looked after her and sells at the local market earning “just enough” to pay the rent on her hillside home above the border town.

Although HIV Positive, the health of Miracle is really rather good. Thanks to a funding program from USAID and the tireless work of a Ugandan NGO, she receives regular medication to manage her health.

She told me she wants to be a doctor.

#usaid #uganda #ngo #africa #eastafrica #hiv #child #children#giveachildacamera #health #portrait

Familes & Sustainable Travel in Norfolk

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 about capturing images of these children in various poses, trying to capture an essence of learning and homework… Using a couple of strobes and bowens battery pack, we managed to capture some good imagery.

Sunny autumn shoot in Blickling

Enjoyed a sunny and almost summer like shoot a couple of weeks ago at Blicklling with the Brown & Kemp Family.

The sun was (photographers never happy!) rather bright, but thanks to some reflectors and external strobes we managed to shoot some lovely images – I’m particularly pleased that the dog even played ball! (not literally) bookings for shoots in winter or spring are being taken –  www.byjulian.com