Travel/Portrait photographer and tutor
April 2015 Francis was packing away his photography equipment in preparation for his flight home from Nepal. He had just spent 5 amazing days capturing portraits and street life around the Kathmandu area with his photography colleagues, little did they know what was about to happen.
At 11:56 April 25th 2015 Nepal was hit by an 8.1 magnitude earthquake, which took the lives of almost 9000 people and devastated a country, leaving 3.5 million people homeless. Francis and his colleagues survived the traumatic event with little more than mental scars, thanks to two local Nepalese tour guides Thakur Kanal and Guru Prasad Tripathee.
The international emergency evacuation process took around 48 hours, this time was spent reflecting on events in Nepal and life in general. During this period, the concept of the business RAW35 was born.
The RAW35 business is owned and run by married couple Francis and Sharon Cox. After careers in engineering and travel respectively they are now both dedicated to RAW35, supporting thier local community and caring for their elderly parents. Francis and Sharon were born in Hartelpool in 1967 and married in 1991, they spent many years travelling, living and working overseas, with the Middle East, in particular Dubai accounting for over 15 years of expatriate life.
Francis is an internationally published and exhibited travel photogrpaher, with 30 years of photography experience. His work can be seen in National Geographic, Lonely Planet and a slection of photography and travel publications. In 2017 and 2018 he was a finalist in the National Geographic Traveller UK photographer of the year. He is also an active member of the Royal Photographic Society
At RAW35 we shall provide a professional, modern , fresh approach to the art of photography. Our aim is to engage with all sectors of our society and introduce them to the creative art of photography, whilst developing a friendly social hub.