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.
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
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 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
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.
Rescheduled talk at Open in Norwich…
Thanks to those of you who had booked tickets to my talk in association with WEX photographic in January. Sadly, the talk was postponed and has now been rescheduled for 29th March – I hope to see you there
“Hear the story of how freelance photographer Julian Claxton discovered a small community school in rural Africa, where he fell in love with the children and went back to give them the gift of photography.
In a presentation interspersed with video clips, Julian talks about the project he set up, the benefits it gave to the local community, the journey the children have been on, and how more than fifty children went from never having held a camera to producing wonderfully emotive images of their lives.”