V4 IS GO!!

It’s been a while coming, but I am pleased to say that V4 is officially go!

Thanks for being patient, as personal circumstances led to the delay of this much awaited project.


This trip is a lot shorter than my regular projects, this is down to a few factors, but chiefly it is because I am busy planning the project for 2020 and have a couple of important meetings with community and local government leaders. I’ve tried to conduct these meetings over skype & FB, but to be honest, as I’m running the project again in Uganda, it seemed the ideal time to divert to Rwanda for a day or two to sort issues and actually put a plan of action in place.

So, the big news is that I am working with a small group of previous students who have excelled at photography in the past and are very interested in progressing their learning.
Two of the students are based in rural Uganda, while the other two (still awaiting confirmation that they will be available!) will be based around the border at Katuna.

The two that are confirmed and I have spoken to are Brea & Godwin.
Godwin, is a young orphaned boy, who lives on the hillside with his sister and several other children who have been taken in by a generous local lady.

In 2015 Godwin completed the project with me and took some interesting shots of his life.
Lately, he has been struggling at school – he attends Eden community school, but is struggling with the academic side of learning and although he is dedicated (regularly attends) he has fallen a little short on some of the exams, so is having to repeat.

9 Godwin, pictured here in 2015.

In 2016 I also worked with him, and have stayed in touch, he has been using the equipment at the school occasionally

and has apparently continued to take an interest in that.

Alongside his normal learning at school, I am hoping that the visual learning of photography may inspire him and continue to develop his photographic eye.

The other young student is Brea, again I met him in 2015 (he was the star of the morning chapel video I shot) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJcw_z5vyZ4&t=3s)  and in 2016 I actually worked with him in the village, teaching him how to use a camera and how to shoot images.
At the end of the 3-week project he came back with one of the finest images any of my students have ever shot. I knew this wasn’t a one off either, as he had shot other images that were equally as impressive.

So… what’s the plan….

First off, we will spend a day going over the cameras and the basic principles again. I have little doubt these kids will remember, after all they have continued to use some of the equipment in the school.

I will then set them several objectives, working closely with them throughout. The aim is that they become proficient in the use of the equipment and ultimately take control of a SLR camera, understanding a little about advanced equipment.

We will look at portrait, landscape and street photography and they will also have the opportunity to use the Lomography Instant cameras that I have recently purchased.

With so much of the photography process now digital (yes, even in Western Uganda I now can’t get film developed! – which is such a shame!) I am keen for the children to enhance their experience by receiving instant prints from these marvelous little cameras. This will be alongside the more structured learning of ‘proper’ photography.

 By the end of the project, I really hope these children can demonstrate a greater learning, greater ability and continue to show the passion for photography that they currently have – I want them to understand that Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.
If this all works out, the plan is to support these two children in their future arts/photography learning and progression. I would love for one or both of them to really see this as a viable career choice – (of which there are opportunities in the Uganda, especially in larger towns and cities)

2019…… Project Update

Early 2019 Update

Obviously, the main news is the fantastic response from the latest exhibition of the children’s work at the Playhouse in Norwich.
Thanks so much to those of you who attended the supporters evening. I trust you all enjoyed viewing the work at such a lovely vibrant venue.
One of the huge positives of the venue is the sheer diversity of the audience that were able to view the work, something, as a photographer I am always aspiring to. I received some wonderful feedback on both the images and the story of the project and that of the children.


I’ve been giving lots of talks recently – in fact it’s almost been one every 10 days or so. Remember, if you have a club or society, I would be more than happy to come and talk about the project. Perhaps one of the most interesting talks of late was one in Norwich, given to the Norwich & Norfolk Association of the Blind and their photographic group.

The donations have continued to flow in for the project, in both financial and equipment terms – in fact, following a couple of hugely productive talks, three sizeable donations (as well as many just as important, smaller donations) came in for the project, from Roger Harrod, Joan in Oulton Broad & Alan @ CHPV – thank you so much! While a box of cameras has also been soured from the lovely Francesco at WEX photo In Edinburgh (as well as donations from many more you)

I’ve been in pretty constant communication with Ronald at Eden School, who is so keen to develop the photography further and has recently got someone in to teach further digital photography to some of the students – I’m unsure of the exact teachings and possibilities at the moment. Sarah, at Katuna Marps (who I worked with in 2018) is also on my radar and I continue to communicate directly with her, considering reworking the project with some more of her vulnerable children, but also directly developing relationships with the mothers, perhaps in some way empowering them to change their work and possible life outcomes, as many of you know, I’m deeply concerned by one or two of the young girls I worked with in 2018, who will be coming to the end of their education shortly and I fear may follow their mother into the profession.

Prima & Vincent – the two children living in the mountains, alone suffering with HIV have again been at the forefront of chats and developments. I have offered to send some finance to help with the education of these two young children – however, Sarah (Katuna Marps) believes that building them a basic permeant home is the most suitable investment – I’m unsure at the moment – we are continuing to discuss this and looking for the best way forward.

In the meantime, I have just sent these two lovely children (via Sarah) 135,000 ugx for Christmas. I’ve asked Sarah to purchase some special food for them and provide a little help over the festive period.

2019 Project

While still considering the options for working with Marps again on the border, I have been having in depth conversations with authorities in Rwanda. Celestin is someone I met in 2012, when I cycled to Rwanda – he was part of the Olympic committee that we flew back to London with and I’ve stayed in touch with him ever since. Celestin, now living in Japan, kindly put me in touch with someone at the Rwandan regional government who works with disability centres across the country. They are very keen to implement the project in the near future. I guess it’s another case of watch this space.

Exhibition Open! Come to the Playhouse….

Really pleased to announce Give a Child a Camera 2018 exhibition is open… I Finished installing the work last night at the wonderful Norwich Playhouse.

The exhibition features the work of 7-15 year old students who were part of #Giveachildacamera 2018 and a collection of my own images from a documentary meeting & understanding those with HIV in Southwest Uganda.
An exhibition guide is available at various points throughout the building, with in depth captions and further information on the project. Please feel free to take one home/share on social media.
The images are exhibited in three rooms, the bar, playroom and upper corridor/gallery.
The exhibition runs from the 30th October – 1st December 10am- late
#Norwich #uganda #norfolk #teaching #photography #exhibition #africa

Norwich Exhibition | Give a Child a Camera

Lovely PR for my Africa photo project Give a Child a Camera & the forthcoming exhibition at Norwich Playhouse

Huge thanks to the lovely team at TMS Media for providing PR support for the project

#giveachildacamera #africa #uganda #norwich #exhibition #photography


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Norwich Exhibition

Really excited to announce the next Give a Child a Camera exhibition is being shown at the wonderful Playhouse in Norwich this autumn.

Visit the Playhouse between the 30th October to 1st December and witness first hand a selection of wonderfully emotive images that the children, taking part in the project in Southwest Uganda shot during the month-long workshops this year.

A chance to gain a true insight into the lives of children living in a border town in East Africa, as they use photography to document their lives.

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Edinburgh Exhibition

57e4cf53-bea1-4d03-88c2-236c36ef94bf-originalGive 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


#givaachildacamera #uganda #rwanda #photography #edinburgh #scotland #wex #exhibition #children


V3 is over – WHAT A PROJECT!

Give a Child a Camera 2018 has certainly been an emotional rollercoaster thus far.
Working with the inspirational children at the Uganda/Rwanda border has provided challenges, tears, smiles and some great imagery.

It’s always difficult meeting a group of kids for the first time, especially when they have come from such hard backgrounds.
A few of the children are HIV positive and many of them have mothers that are sex workers around the border town.

We started off with a couple of days of light workshops, talking about cameras, how to hold, use and the basic function, moving onto basic composition methods.

A day out to a waterfall and visitors centre was organised (the children had never left the town area) for some creative, blurred and fun imagery..accompanied by lunch and soda.

A rest couple of days followed, but a photo walk around the border was on The cards for one afternoon. Providing an insight into their lives on the border.

I’m eagerly awaiting the films to come back from Kampala this week ready for an editing session with the kids on friday…

Here are few special images from the last week
#giveachildacamera #Uganda


The first sessions of the day for Give a Child a Camera

The first sessions of the day for Give a Child a Camera were in the Ugandan border town of Katuna, working with a truly amazing group of young people, many of whom have HIV, but are being supported by the tireless work of MARPs ( an organisation who i have partnered with that provides health, councilng and support to female sex workers) which receives its funding from USAID.

Tuesday we spent a few hours learning about the camera controls and the very basics of photography.

The children seemed to grasp the principles very fast so we headed out Wednesday to a local waterfall. It was the first time the children had left their area, so that partnered with lunch, photography and a thrilling minibus journey provided a real highpoint for the children.

Upon returning from the falls, i spent the evening at the border with the team. Perhaps one of the more heartbreaking moments was in town where we met a young lady with a young child, she was ‘going to work’ and had her child with her. When one of the health workers talked to her, she proudly said the kiddie had been given alcohol to make her sleep..apparently almost a daily occurrence, in an aid to make her life/work easier..needless to say she was also intoxicated.

What chance has that poor child got.

Below are a few phone snaps from the last couple of days.

#giveachildacmera #uganda

V3 Is Go……

After a short delay in running V3 for personal reasons, I’m really pleased to announce that it will now be underway in January 2018.

The project will be taking place in and around the towns of Kiniogo, Katuna and Rubaare Working with a group of vulnerable children, whose mothers are sex workers in these areas.

The children are under the supervision of an organisation that specialises in the care and wellbeing of their mothers – the sex workers (FSW). The organisation aims to ensure that the women are safe, looked after and their health is maintained.
Naturally a percentage of the women have tested positive for HIV, along with some of the children. However, with the drugs currently being offered their health is monitored by the organisation and to some extent they can maintain the lifestyle they need/require.

In January I will be working with a group of around 15 young children, where I will teach photography to the group, setting the children the objective of taking some photographs of their life and telling the story of what life in Uganda means for them.
They will have the opportunity to shoot a collection of images which will hopefully encompass their feelings, emotions and life challenges.

The project isn’t just about taking photographs, it is about providing an opportunity for a section of society in this region of Uganda to challenge themselves, using new technology (relatively speaking) to gain new skills and to have aspirations that would otherwise not be possible.
For some, the project may offer ‘a way out’, while for others it may offer the opportunity to learn a new skill and, ultimately a chance to develop that skill, or quite simply it may just offer an alternative form of learning and entertainment.

The culmination of V3 will see a mini exhibition at the offices of the FSW in Katuna, along with prints given to the children.

Upon returning to the UK I will be exhibiting their images, alongside a set of portraits of the women.
The children’s images will form the basis of the story and will include a small bio from each child.
The venue has yet to be found….

What about Eden School?……

Naturally, I will be paying a visit to Eden School – where, thanks to so many of you, so much great work has taken place over the last three years.
Although, as previously mentioned I am not directly running Give a Child a Camera at the school, I am keen to develop their camera loan system as well as fund their music and visual art programme.
You may remember, on my previous visit I took a  lovely donated full sized keyboard and, thanks to funding, paid for a music teacher – well, I’m pleased to say, Aubrey, the young music teacher has still been returning to the school (even though he was only paid for 9 months) to teach the children. I plan to use a small amount of the funding to pay for Aubrey to attend the school until the end of term 2018 – where he will continue to teach some of the children at Eden once a week. I believe this is so important to the wellbeing of the children and provides them with a fabulous skill.

As ever, thank you for your support for the project and if you happen to have any old cameras, spare change or a used laptop you would like to donate to the project, then please get in touch.

Please keep your eyes peeled for an update on my return.



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.