Since the invention of the camera in the mid
nineteenth century, photographers have found
much to inspire them in the Suffolk landscape.
Today, with digital cameras so widely available,
almost everyone has an opportunity to capture
mementos of a favourite place, or a chance event.
But not all of us have the skill, or patience, to wait
for that single moment when all the conditions
fall into place and the perfect image is captured.
Suffolk remains one of the most remote,
attractive and unspoilt counties in England, as the
photographs included here amply portray. While
its largest towns have all the vibrancy of modern
life, much of the county is rural, retaining its
character founded in earlier times: pretty villages
with timbered and brick-built cottages, and
isolated farms as they have endured for centuries,
set solidly in the rolling landscape.
It is a county
that is imbued with history at every turn. From
the picturesque coast to striking inland vistas, and
from impressive townscapes to tiny hamlets, Mark
Staples has been able to find a scene or scenery
to arrest our interest.
Address books tend to be well used and have
a long life. Along with important contact details,
they keep track of the user’s friends and acquaintances,
tracing their lives over time and from
place to place. And, if properly attended to, an
address book eventually becomes a journal in
itself, and an attractive and permanent keepsake.
Whether you have bought this book for your
own use, or receive it as a gift, we hope this
Suffolk Address Book, with its superb pictorial
reminders of Suffolk, provides years of pleasure.
Mark Staples moved to Suffolk fifteen
years ago as a newly qualified teacher
of Modern Languages and has
remained ever since. His interest in
photography began on seeing some
photographs taken by friends using a
simple digital compact. Inspired by
these images and having enjoyed
drawing and painting as a youngster,
Mark decided to pursue this newly
discovered interest in digital photography,
and couple it with his other
love of travel.
Imprint: Halswood Stationers. ISBN 978 0 85717 019 4, hardback, 214x230mm, 112 pages. Published May 2010.