Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 9°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Lowestoft: Photographer Ray Vincent to close studio after 37 years

13:00 24 December 2012

Photographer, Ray Vincent from Studio 161, Lowestoft is set to retire at the end of the year.

Photographer, Ray Vincent from Studio 161, Lowestoft is set to retire at the end of the year.

Archant © 2012

FOR nearly 40 years he has been behind the lens across Lowestoft, capturing couples in love and happy families and pets.

shares

And now the focus is being fixed firmly on Ray Vincent as he prepares to hang up his camera and close his photographic studio after 37 years in the town.

Mr Vincent will be closing Studio 161 in the High Street on New Year’s Eve as he is retiring.

The 66-year-old has been in the High Street since 1975 when he set up shop at number 161 before re-locating to 102 in the early 1990s.

His photographic studio is a treasure trove, detailing people’s lives in the Lowestoft area and beyond since 1975.

He has thousands of images of weddings and portraits – which he hopes old customers may want to snap up before he closes on December 31.

Mr Vincent, who does not use a digital camera and relies on his trusty Hasselblad, estimates that Studio 161 has covered 3,000 weddings and thousands of sittings.

And over the last 37 years Mr Vincent has certainly seen some strange events at weddings, from a groom fainting to fights at receptions.

He said: “You sometimes get the odd families who do not get on together and once they start drinking the vol-au-vents start flying around.

“There was an occasion when mid- way through the vows the groom fainted and it took him half an hour to become coherent again.”

Mr Vincent decided to set up a photographic studio after he tried his hand in the building trade.

The 1980s saw his business hit its heyday, with up to 120 weddings being covered every year by himself and seven wedding photographers.

He said the secret of taking the perfect wedding and portrait photograph was not technical skill but having a “friendly personality to put people at ease”.

Ironically for someone who is a dab hand with a camera, Mr Vincent does not like taking photographs and does not even take snaps when he is on holiday.

However, he is proud of the last 37 years he has spent recording the best days in people’s lives and taking portraits so families can keep them for prosperity.

He said: “Once I close Studio 161 I will never take another photograph again.

“But I feel very emotional and sad at closing my studio. It has been a pleasure and a real privilege to be involved in people’s weddings and taking portraits which have taken pride of place in many homes across Lowestoft and further afield.”

Mr Vincent has negatives of all the photographs taken by his company. Copies cost £10 for a portrait or £20 for a wedding photograph and are available from his studio or by calling 01502 560741.

The site of Studio 161 is set to become an art gallery.

shares

0 comments

Ipswich Crown Court

A 19-year old man who met up with a 13-year-old girl and exchanged text messages with her despite being given a police caution for kissing her several months earlier has been sentenced to 21 months youth detention.

The vandals tore through Bury St Edmunds

A drunken “night of madness” saw vandals rack up over £5,000 of damage to cars, pubs and property as they roamed the streets of Bury St Edmunds.

St Edmundsbury Cathedral overlooking colourful displays in the Abbey Gardens

Suffolk’s most important religious building has been awarded a £300,000 Government grant to pay for urgent roof repairs.

Josephine Murphy

An 86-year-old woman who had gone missing from Clacton has been found safe and well

Aftermath of a barn fire in Holton.

A television antiques expert has appealed for help rebuilding his eco-friendly arts centre in Suffolk after a major blaze destroyed the historic sawmill that was to be its showroom and workshops.

Tim Yeo

An outgoing Suffolk MP has denied reports he stands to make more than £500,000 from the sale of his second home, which was part-subsidised by the taxpayer – saying he plans to keep the London property.

Stansted Airport

Aircraft pilots were targeted with lasers around Stansted Airport 45 times last year.

Darsham Nurseries head chef Lola DeMille and chef Tom Eagle in the cafe where they are donating money from one of the dishes to the World Land Trust.

An international conservation charity based in Suffolk is one of three organisations to benefit from a new campaign raising awareness about the impact of meat production on health, welfare and the environment.

Suffolk County Council's base at Endeavour House

Up to 23 jobs could go in a major shake-up of Suffolk County Council’s education services.

Latitude Festival, at the Henham Estate near Southwold

Suffolk poet Luke Wright has seen the Latitude festival grow from a modest boutique gathering in 2006 to one of Britain’s biggest music and arts events.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages