Fabulous Cycling Festival Rolled to the Seaside

‘Gorleston in Gear’ was the place to be on Sunday, as a fabulous cycling festival rolled into the seaside town.

Kids and adults alike embraced the free cycling festival, which featured a 7 mile family ride, circus bikes, trial bike stunts, children’s bike ability/training and not forgetting the awesome paint bike!
Thankfully the weather embraced the occasion and helped everyone enjoy this spring cycling celebration

Give a child a camera…. what an image

I just love this photograph. Taken at school in Uganda 2016, the children were in the throws of morning assembly, lots of singing and dancing.

As I was shooting a few images I noticed out of the corner of my eye that one of the children was taking photographs.
Given a camera three days prior, I was so pleased to see him shooting images. Wonderful

‪#‎giveachildacamera‬

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Back to Africa…

_JWC9876_2Calling all 35mm camera donations…!

I’m returning to Uganda in a few weeks and I urgently require any old 35mm cameras you may have.

The project ‘give a child a camera’ is continuing in 2016 and I need donations of cameras to enable this to happen.

Please get in touch if you can help.

A little about this image…

I visited the home of Godwin on a Saturday afternoon in February. I arrived somewhat sweaty and exhausted from a day walking miles upon miles.

Godwin (not pictured) stood proudly with his camera, taking photographs and almost mimicking some of my movements and style..his pictures demonstrated a true insight into his life and feelings.

Although one of the poorest households I visited, the underlying dignity and togetherness was a joy to witness.

 

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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Watch 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.

 

Exams in Uganda

As I crouched on the dusty floor, the composition fell into place. The wonderful contrasting colours of the school uniform against the lovely lit brick has helped create one of my favorite photographs from my trip this year.

The pupils at Eden school in Southwest Uganda are siting their social studies exams in the old school building.

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A photographic book to accompany my time spent in rural Uganda is available to buy online http://www.lulu.com/shop/julian-claxton/life-through-a-lens-rural-uganda/paperback/product-22301890.html     Copies are still available direct from me and are priced at £25 incl free postage. Contact me for further details

 

 

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

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.

Rural Uganda & give a child a camera project

Loosing track of days (it’s lovely not having internet on a regular basis) I realise already a week has flown by for my time at Eden School in Uganda.

I’m sat in a tourist hotel using their intermittent wifi , having a break this afternoon from the hard work at the school and the pretty constant walking.

I consider myself fairly fit, but let me tell you, these hills combined with the stifling heat really take it out of one! The last few days I’ve been visiting the twenty three children who had the cameras, checking on their progress, meeting family and generally having a wonderful time.

For all of the families I was the first Muzungu to have visited them and it was a real treat, enabling me to glimpse life in rural Uganda and capture some pretty special images. I was showered with gifts, ranging from gorgeous fruit to lovely hand woven pots. While they didn’t have electricity and often lived in pretty tough surroundings, the one thing that was evident throughout was that all of the people were hardworking, extremely hospitable and as you would expect rather charming people.

The children I’ve been teaching photography too really seemed to have taken to the idea of photography. They listened intently to my teaching, appearing to grasp the principle of film, flash and subject matters. I now have 23 films to develop, which will see me going into town tomorrow on a Boda Boda (motorbike taxi) to get the film processed….

I’m rather impressed that out of the 23 cameras given out only one was not present when I visited, however this morning all the children turned up with them – I’m so pleased. The kids have taken great care of them and really cherished this opportunity.