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Julia Cameron's elegiac and striking photographs break with many long-standing conventions of her discipline. Images are frequently shot towards the sun, in fog or murky light and feature bleak landscapes shunned by most conventional photographers.
The results forge a new way of seeing through the lens - creating innovative and beautiful art compositions using the medium of photography. Evocative and often almost abstract, Julia's work captures the Norfolk landscape with a fresh perspective.
Julia heads for desolate places other people tend not to go - among her favourite spots are salt marshes on drizzly, grey Winter's days and an undistinguished piece of land between Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach and the Outer Harbour.
"To find the picture you want you must be a hunter, deciding what you are going to capture. It's all about capturing light and mine is a misty, murky almost pastel light".
"I have done a couple of shoots at Great Yarmouth in dense fog - not your typical day for photographing landscape!" The fog strips out all the detail and brings a soft simplicity to the images. It reduces the colours by overlaying them with grey and allows me to capture the subject in almost an abstract form".
She has been visiting the same locations, repeatedly over many years as she hunts for images that capture her mind's eye image and emotional response to the places.
"I am passionate about Norfolk - the sparseness of the landscape and big skies make me feel very small and in awe of my surroundings".
Julia has taken photographs all her adult life and started working as a professional photographer after a 34-year career as a teacher, lecturer in Art and Design and Embroidery in Surrey, and finally as a lecturer in Education Studies at City College Norwich.
"Perhaps some nominative determinism came to play as I share my name with a very eminent Victorian photographer, Julia Margaret Cameron, also an older woman when she began her photographic career".
As a commercial photographer, she mainly created images for websites, but was also drawn to photography as an art form - eventually concentrating full-time on making artistic work.
"Commercial photography has easily understood narratives, but I wanted to make my own".
In 2010, coinciding with the launch of her commercial work, Julia won a photography competition run by Norwich Heritage, Economic and Regeneration Trust with a striking and highly acclaimed picture of St Stephen's Church, in Rampant Horse Street. The image, selected from 180 entries, was praised by judges as 'simply a beautiful photograph. The photographer has created a piece of art.'
More recently, another important acknowledgement of the quality of her work came when she was awarded the Naked Wines prize for an outstanding work of art in the Norfolk Contemporary Art Society's 2016 exhibition.
"This was the first recognition that I was now a bona fide artist" says Julia. "To me, working as an artist in the medium of photography has been a renaissance and re-invention of myself. You are never too old to be new".
(From an interview with journalist Liz Hollis, 2019)