Suffolk's gold coast
PUBLISHED: 17:09 23 September 2010 | UPDATED: 17:53 20 February 2013
Photographer Ian Flindt explains why the beautiful Suffolk coastline, and its wonderful light, is a photographer's dream come true
Photographer Ian Flindt explains why the beautiful Suffolk coastline, and its wonderful light, is a photographers dream come true
As a landscape photographer I have the good fortune to live in a county in which a wide variety of photographic locations can be found within a two hours drive of home. Suffolk may not have the dramatic, mountainous scenery on offer elsewhere in Britain, but with its gently undulating countryside and its hospitable, but vulnerable coast, the county offers the landscape photographer an abundance of opportunities and a unique quality of light.
When I moved to Suffolk 11 years ago, I was struck by the exceptional light with which this region is blessed. I was not a photographer then, but I have no doubt that this element played an instrumental part in introducing me to an art form that is so reliant on the effects of light on the landscape.
Most landscape photographers will agree that it is around dawn or dusk that the light is at its most promising. End of day light offers greater warmth and contrast than is normally available at other times of day.
Suffolks so-called Sunrise Coast offers a clue as to one of the best times of day to photograph our countys beautiful but fragile shoreline. However, for those of us who struggle to rise early enough to be on location by dawn, there remain plenty of opportunities to photograph Suffolk at its most photogenic: on stormy days, for example, when the broad skies for which the region is so well known play host to the elements that cast dark shadows and subtle light over the landscape; while during the winter, the sun remains sufficiently low to permit photography throughout the day.
I spend many weeks each year exploring and photographing Britains extraordinarily diverse scenery. But whenever Im away, I feel very fortunate in knowing that there are equally picturesque landscapes waiting for me back home.