Give a Child a Camera – 2019

It is the terrific passion, personality and the eagerness to learn that keeps me going back to Uganda.
The wonderful learning environment at Eden means children are developing into fine young adults and I’m proud to think that some of those children I first met in 2014 are developing in such terrific ways, thanks in part to external funding and the passion from director Ronald.

I’m delighted that in a few months I’ll be returning to rural Uganda, working with a small group of children at the fabulous Eden school and a couple of children from last years project on the Rwandan border who are keen to learn and develop their photography.

Whilst i’m in East Africa I will also be meeting and planning with officials in Rwanda, ready to run the project with new groups in 2020.

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Give A Child A  Camera Exhibition | Edinburgh

Give A Child A  Camera Exhibition | Edinburgh

This exhibition illustrates the latest work of the students in Southwest Uganda who were part of Give a Child a Camera V3 in 2018. Working with a group of children whose mothers are largely sex workers on the Ugandan/Rwanda border, this new project has without doubt been one of the most moving to date. This insightful, vibrant and truthful collection of images documents the children’s lives using their own photographs. See around 15 beautiful images that the children in this part of Uganda have shot using 35mm film cameras over a 3 week program working with Julian Claxton

Give a Child a Camera | V3 2018 | Uganda

Give a Child a Camera | V3 2018 | Uganda

I’m really pleased to announce that #Giveachildacamera returns for 2018, where I will be rolling the project out to a group of young vulnerable children on the border with Rwanda.

Give a child a camera is all about providing slightly different opportunties for children in East Africa.
After a little bit of tution the children, (who have not used cameras before) are given their cameras for around a week, where they document their lives in a fascinating fashion.

If you would like to get involved, have an old camera, laptop, equipment or wish to donate to the project please pop along to the project website  https://giveachildacamera.wordpress.com/

Julian with the photo students at Eden

Working with Young people in Saxmundham.. | Photography workshop

The past few days have been an absolute pleasure working with @access_ourwork on a photography project at Saxmundham Youth Booth.
We had a ‘full house’ of inspiring young people who wanted to improve their photography skills and boy did they achieve some stunning results.
Wednesday saw us heading to Dunwich, where a photography workshop was led in the woods, using the rain as a wonderful resource for some stunning creative photography.
Yesterday was spent processing images and fine tuning some street photography techniques in Saxmundham…

The final choices and those that have been printed are really inspiring and show the depth of creativity young people have.
Simply stunning imagery..

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.

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.