From Its Source to the Sea and Back.
Photographs by Stephen Kaluza, introduction by Peter Vansittart.
Thames & Hudson, 2009. 272 pp., 134 color illustrations, 18x11".
In the spring of 2006 the artist Stephan Kaluza and his team photographed both banks of the Thames from its source in the Cotswold Hills to its mouth in the North Sea. They went partly on foot and partly by boat and took pictures of each bank every few seconds, ending up with about 30,000 images. A selection of these was then digitally combined to form the consecutive sequences of the changing and varied riverscapes that are displayed in this book.
Although the Thames and the city of London seem and inseparable entity, the river has a rich natural and historical identity of its own, revealed but his journey along it. The Thames flows through remote rural limestone villages and farms and the medieval city of Oxford, past boat houses and hundreds of small craft at their moorings, past the ends of the gardens of Henley and Marlow and through sprawling Reading. It runs through Windsor Great Park and past Hampton Court before it reaches the House Parliament and the City of London. As it broadens, the Thames passes the new towers of Canary Wharf and the few remaining docklands where large ships still unload their cargoes, flowing into the Thames Estuary and the North Sea.
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