‘Estuary’, currently showing at the Museum of London Docklands, brings together the work of artists who have been inspired by the outer limits of the Thames where the river becomes the sea. Next Saturday, Gordon and I will be leading a photographic field trip ‘Landscapes of the Estuary’ for the Museum, one of its Estuary-inspired events.
Our vision for the day is to provide a ‘tasting menu’ of signature estuary locations for our participating photographers. We’ll start from London Bridge and head eastward to photograph some of our favourite places with the group, including Gravesend, Lower Halstow and Whitstable. We’ll also visit historic lightship LV21 at Gillingham during the trip. Whatever the weather does, it should be a enjoyable and engaging day.
To celebrate the exhibition and event, I have compiled a small gallery of my estuary work. To visit the gallery, please click the image below.
Following another visit to Cliffe yesterday, I’ve published new work on my portfolio site within two small galleries: Cliffe Pools focuses on the inland landscape of the area, Lower Hope has images shot nearby at the Thames shore. Both sets have been added to the Locations page. Look out for one or two colour images from yesterday too, coming soon here on the blog.
For those unfamiliar with this area, here is a brief introduction. Cliffe Pools are a mix of saline lagoons, freshwater pools, grassland, saltmarsh and scrub. These habitats have developed on old clay diggings and river dredgings. Its RSPB reserve is renowned as a site for wading birds, with massed flocks moving from the Thames Estuary onto the pools on winter high tides, a wide range of passage birds in autumn and spring, and breeding avocets, redshanks, lapwings and ringed plovers. For more information, visit the website of Wildlife Extra.
In addition to the nature reserve, Cliffe Pools have been host to many other activities, present and historical: the Blue Circle Sailing Club, Brett Aggregates and the remains of Cliffe Fort, a Victorian river defence structure. On its Thames shore, at the Lower Hope, a number of derelict vessels can be seen at low tide, such as the wreck of Hans Egede.