The Thames - a photographic exploration from source to sea through the seasons by kayak.
By photographer Annette Price
By being very close to the water, even getting in the water at times, I am able to create intimate images of the River Thames, to show how the river changes in character, growing as it flows 215 miles towards the sea, changing through the seasons.
In January 2017 I began the project by photographing the Source near Kemble in the Cotswolds, where the Thames is no more than a ditch and by December I was photographing central London. I will complete the project by May 2018 by photographing the wind farms and the Maunsell Sea Forts in the outer reaches of the Thames Estuary, where the river flows into the North Sea on the East coast.
By working from a kayak, I am able to get into otherwise inaccessible places, get close to wildlife and plants, photograph beneath bridges and tunnels, underwater where possible. For the first few miles, where there wasn't enough water for a kayak, I wore wellies and a drysuit and waded into the water, sometimes lying in it. But from Cricklade all the images are from the perspective of the kayak.
The inspiration for this project has come from paddling kayaks on the central London River Thames between Richmond and the Thames Barrier for over twenty years.
Book, exhibition, talks, archive and website
By the end of this project, I will have a large archive of imagery recording the diversity of the River Thames as it makes its way from rural landscape, through London and eventually into the North Sea. I plan to exhibit this work, produce a calendar, a book and a series of articles about the river and its people for magazine publication.
About the photographer - Annette Price
Adventure sports and wild places photography
I am an adventure sports and wild places photographer and regularly venture underground to photograph caves and disused mines, paddle and photograph white water rivers and seas and have dived to photograph commercial divers, to produce storytelling images to meet the needs of magazine editors, news agencies and print buyers. My work has been published in a wide range of magazines and newspapers including the Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Land Rover Owner International, the Times, BBC Focus magazine etc. and featured in a number of photographic publications.
For over twenty years I have worked as a professional photographer, originally training as a graphic designer and illustrator (BA Hons) at Kingston University. In 2005, I was awarded a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship (QEST) to do an HSE-approved commercial scuba diving course (Media diver - part 4) with the Underwater Centre at Fort William in Scotland.
To see my other work i.e. caves, disused mines and other wild places - check out my other website H2oPhotography.com