Julia Massey Stewart
Partner | Managing Director
Mag. in Film, Theatre and Media Studies and Languages (MA equivalent), University of Vienna; FRGS
Julia recently filmed and photographed a 3 month/ 10 country odyssey in Africa. Living off a truck and spending considerable time camping posed a number of challenges for her, from shooting passing scenery on bumpy roads to dust, backups and battery charging. Her filming ranged from documenting people, wildlife, adrenaline activities (some of which she undertook herself!) and she used additional equipment such as bush cameras and underwater sound recording to widen the scope of her footage.
Her photography initially became second nature as she documented living in a village school in rural India, teaching Art and English, and travelling across the country. Her skill at languages has given her access to people and their wide-ranging cultures, from learning to fish in frozen lakes of the Siberian winter to studying Kiswahili grammar in the heat of Kenya & Tanzania. She has produced images for editorial use, appearing in magazines, on CD covers and in encyclopaedias, and at exhibitions.
Working in a design agency as photographer and accounts manager she photographed for and assisted in the production of prospectuses and annual reports for schools such as Wycombe Abbey, Woldingham, Francis Holland and City of London.
Teaching is a key part of her life wherever she calls home, inspiring adults and children in photography and languages, art and music. She has successfully facilitated the use of photography as a means to healing on workshops for people affected by trauma.
Her strong musical background has led her to sound recording, including underwater and the sounds of whales and fish. Julia combines her teaching with her own study of natural science and film.
She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and serves on the Younger Members’ Committee.