James Fletcher On His Suffolk Coast
James Fletcher is a photographer and artist based on the Suffolk coast. Having worked in fashion and journalism he now owns his own business, working within East Anglia and the UK as well as regularly producing fine art commissions, exhibitions and conducting humanitarian assignments abroad for a variety of clients. In his own words he ‘lives, breaths and sleeps photography’.
We asked James why the Suffolk Coast is so special to him.
I have lived in Suffolk all my life. Plenty of opportunities have arisen for me to move away, but this is where I belong. I love the people, the dialect, the pace of life, the weather, the beautiful blue skies with cotton wool clouds that seem to go on forever.
In what other part of the country could you drive for an hour in any direction and be almost guaranteed to see a field full of red poppies, yellow rape seed or a tractor ploughing furrows followed by a flock of seagulls?
Your favourite Suffolk Spot?
There are so many places I like in Suffolk, each one with its own unique quality.
I am fascinated by the small market towns that have so much to explore, but then places like Iken cliffs and Butley Woods in bluebell season are so tranquil and calming.
If I had to choose one spot I couldn’t be without it would be Felixstowe Ferry. It’s a special place for me all year round. Bracing winds that leave salt on your face in the winter, watching families crabbing off the jetty in the summer. It’s where I go to think and get away from things if I’m feeling a bit stressed.
Your favourite Suffolk Day Out?
My best day out would have to start in Aldeburgh with a walk from the Martello Tower at the southern end along the beach, past the colourfully painted houses, lifeboat station and fishing boats to the Moot Hall. Then back into town to look through the boutiques followed by a fish and chip lunch. Then a short drive to Thorpeness, stopping at Maggi Hambling’s Scallop shell sculpture and an afternoon on the mere in a rowing boat. A great day!
Your favourite Suffolk View?
The one view I never tire of is at the North end of Blythburgh looking straight down the river Blythe towards Southwold on the left, and Walberswick on the right. The sky is unobstructed and the mud flats at low tide are dotted with dead trees that stick out of the mud like eery steel sculptures. It is one view I always look forward to when travelling around Suffolk.
Your favourite Suffolk eatery?
Hum. This is so difficult. I love food. The Great House in Lavenham is my most loved places to eat. It has a brilliant atmosphere and the food is second to none. I don’t go as often as I would like, but now you have asked me the question I’m going to have to return very soon!