The River Within
Thames source to sea by kayak
A long-term photographic exploration of the River Thames from Source to Sea by kayak
My aim is to get intimate images of the river by being very close to it, on it - maybe even at times - in it. To show how it changes in character as it grows, flowing towards the sea and changing through the seasons.
This project began in January 2017 by photographing the source of the River Thames near Kemble and I am continuing to work my way down the river, each month taking a section of the river and paddling up and down it a number of times in a kayak, to photograph it at different times of the day, light and weather. When I feel I have finished that section I move down the river to work on the next section. I will reach the sea by June 1st, 2018. By using a kayak, I can often get into nooks and crannies that can't be accessed any other way.
The River Thames is a fascinating, meandering waterway that starts as a ditch in the Cotswolds, becomes tidal at Teddington and ends at Shoeburyness on the north bank and Sheerness on the south bank. I will end this project by photographing the Thanet Offshore Windfarm and the Maunsell Sea Forts in the outer reaches of the Thames Estuary, seven miles offshore, where the river flows into the North Sea on the East coast.