Geoffrey Smith Active from the late1940s to the late 1980s
Geoffrey Smith is our fourth village photographer and his work added to that of our first three means that we have an unbroken span of more than 120 years of recording life in the village.
Geoffrey still lives in Stradbroke and has generously allowed the Stradbroke Local History Group access to his "attic". Over the coming months images are being scanned and will be entered into the Village Archive where there will now be a "Smith Archive" to add the those of Ryle, Girling and Webb.
Few small rural communities have been fortunate enough to have had four photographers covering such a continuous period of time from 1861 to 1990. The fact that all four were so highly talented just adds to our good fortune.
With the advent of digital photography when everything can be done by everyone, the role of a "village photographer" is no more. Geoffrey Smith is the last of that line.
Alfred "Shock" Hawes
Geoffrey Smith had a knack of seeing a "picture" and then getting it on film. This photograph was taken in the White Hart in the 1950s and shows "Shock" Hawes sitting with his magazine and his beer. An ordinary enough event but a superb image.