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HMS Belfast, from 'The River Within' by Annette Price

1 October 2019

'The River Within' is a photographic exploration of the Thames from source to sea from a kayak. Many people look at the Thames every day, but few see it in the way that I do, being so close to the water, I feel almost a part of it. To me, the Thames is a breathing, almost living entity, with its strong tides and constantly changing, silty waters. The kayak allows me into otherwise inaccessible places such as up tributaries, between houseboats and underneath pontoons.

With each picture taken from this small boat, we gain a unique and intimate perspective of the Thames, from ancient and contemporary London, boats and buildings to riverbed art and misty sunrises. The familiar Thames is reframed seen from so close to the water.

Kayaking photography must be planned to work with the ever-changing tides, weird currents and waves created by wind blowing against the tide and wash from passing boats. Juggling these ever-changing elements delivers constantly renewing opportunities to reveal hidden gems, as we look outwards from the River Within.

In 2017, I began work on 'The River Within' by photographing the very start of the Thames, where it is just a ditch in the Cotswolds and I had to work on foot until the water was deep enough for a kayak. I have reached London and will continue to photograph The Thames downriver until it flows into the North Sea on the East coast. The final paddling trip will be to photograph the Thanet Wind Farms, which are seven miles offshore in the outer reaches of the Thames Estuary.

I currently have an exhibition at the Riverside Gallery in Richmond called 'The River Within - London', which is on until the 16th of November 2019. The photographs feature London as seen from the perspective of a kayak, and are part of the longer-term project - from source to sea.

So, come and visit the exhibition and share a journey through London by kayak at The Riverside Gallery, Old Town Hall, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond TW9 1TP.

Admission is free. Gallery opening hours: Monday 9.30 am - 7 pm Tuesday 9.30 am - 6 pm Wednesday 9.30 am - 7 pm Thursday 9.30 am - 6 pm Friday 9.30 am - 6 pm Saturday 9.30 am - 4 pm Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays

Even if you know the river, you may find something new to surprise you.

The River Within is part of Totally Thames, presented by the Thames Festival Trust.

Annette Price is a professional photographer based in London, specialising in outdoor environments and adventure sports.

 

 

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