Throughout October, November and into early December last year I was researching, scouting, tracking down, locating, planning and shooting the 'River People' series. It was a mammoth task but probably the most rewarding commission I have ever undertaken. It's not the first project linked to the Thames that I have shot as you will see from other work on my site but this was the most in-depth, and it provided me with the most insight to the lives and livelihoods associated with our great river.
In short, River People is a portrait series documenting the people of the river. The people who work on it, live on it, compete on it and have fun on it. The images are designed to surprise people by conveying the plethora of occupations/interests/lifestyles that are associated to a river which I feel a lot people don't appreciate to its fullest. Working out who to approach was difficult and tracking them down was hard but for the most part I had a really positive response and people were surprisingly willing to be a part of it.
The strength of the community along the Tidal Thames is flagrant and my subjects featured from as far east as Kew and as far west as the Thames barrier. These included:
- A Firefighter - A rower - An artist - A bridge op - James Bond's stunt driver - An olympic athlete - A stand up paddle board yoga instructor just to name a few.
I'm hoping to see the project exhibited this Spring at a very central location in London open to the public. Watch this space.....