A session with Julz Adeniran

I’ve known Julz Adeniran since university. We were both heavily involved in sport at Birmingham, Julz as a champion 110m hurdler and the student head of sport and myself as the photographer. I photographed one of his training sessions at Loughborough back in 2012 and also interviewed him for the student radio station.

Julz is a superb sprint hurdler but what perhaps struck me most back at university was the way he articulated his passion and drive for hurdling. I was naturally drawn to Julz, as I often am to quality sportsmen and women, due to his incredible talent. However, I was more drawn in by his attitude to training and his life as an athlete which I found utterly inspiring.

It was great to get the opportunity to work with him again. I met Julz at Lee Valley Athletics Centre just north of London. He was incredibly welcoming, introducing me to his coach Tony Jarrett, a top hurdler himself.

I photographed the session and then we moved onto the portraits which were my priority. I’ve had a lot of practice at doing portraits of sportsmen/women for national papers so it was pretty straight forward on the surface but I really wanted these portraits to stand out.

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I returned to Lee Valley two days later to photograph Julz training outside.

This time I did want a good action shot. I do love good shaping in an image.

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Training conditions were tough : five degrees and very windy. Of course, Julz worked hard throughout the session.

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We went back inside and did a final few portraits. I tried to make these completely different from the previous images. The mirror worked well.

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I’m real pleased with the photos, as is Julz, so job well done! Was great to see my old friend too!

Also did a video – getting to grips with the Go Pro well!

Here is Julz’s website – loads of info about him on there. Check it out!

http://www.julzadeniran.com/#_

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