Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
Through the Jaws of the Thames
'Thames Film', William Raban
The Thames is one of the most famous rivers in the world; covering a region of two hundred and fifteen miles, it is the longest river in England (second in the UK after the Severn), and travels through several major towns and cities, including Richmond, Kingston, Oxford, and most notably, London. Slightly less famous is the Thames Estuary, where the river meets the sea. Separating the Essex and Kentish coasts, the estuary is a a key transport route for commercial and industrial shipping, and is an important environmental location as it contains a wind farm with thirty turbines.
Although not a particularly attractive site, the Thames Estuary's desolate mudflats, salt marshes, and power stations create a dramatic landscape, and have been the inspiration of many artists.
Celebrating the tenth anniversary of the London Docklands, the museum is hosting an exhibition that will last until the 27th October 2013. It will feature the work of twelve artists, depicting their interpretation of the Thames Estuary through mediums such as film, photography and painting. Examples include William Raban's Thames Film, Seafort Project by Stephen Turner, and The Golden Tide by Gayle Chong Kwan.
With images of the pier, ships, and underwater refuse, it is an exhibition that explores how urbanisation meets the natural environment.