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Fire and Ice

PUBLISHED: 10:46 15 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:20 20 February 2013

A low mist hanging over the meadows contrasts beautifully with the clear skies above.

A low mist hanging over the meadows contrasts beautifully with the clear skies above.

Fabulous flaming skies and frosty ground combines to dazzling effect in these beautiful scenes of our county taken by photographer Tony Burch

Fabulous flaming skies and frosty ground combines to dazzling effect in these beautiful scenes of our county taken by photographer Tony Burch

With their frosted leaves, gently swirling mists and low fiery sun, these stunning pictures taken in the Sudbury area by photographer Tony Burch have an almost fairytale-like quality.
My favourite time to take photographs is just before dawn, when the light is magical and the sky is backlit turning the landscape 3D, he says. To be there doing what you love and being able to capture it for others to see sums up why I am a photographer.
Tony grew up in Sudbury with the water meadows on his doorstep. As a boy he spent many a happy hour fishing and exploring the various parts of the 115 acres that make up the Sudbury common lands.
His interest in photography, however, came much later in life.
It started with the need to capture a growing family, he says. Little did I know it would become such a huge part of my life as it is today.
And a lack of formal training (I am completely self taught from books, magazines, camera club and more recently the internet,) hasnt held him back from achieving great success in his field.
I have a huge amount of enthusiasm for creating images, Tony says. This, combined with a genuine love of the outdoors has inspired me to try and capture some of our Stour valley in all its glory.
Earlier this year, he entered the Take a View Landscape Photographer of the Year competition, and was pleased to be Commended for the image The Old Bathing Place (see overleaf), taken early on an April morning on the meadows. The picture has been included in the book Landscape Photographer of the Year 3, and will also be on show in Londons National theatre from December 5 to January 24.
It just goes to show that the Suffolk landscape can compete with the more dramatic scenery of other parts of the UK, Tony says. Im glad to have been able to show off the beauty of our county.

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