A Photobook by Matthew Joseph to accompany the River People Exhibition 2016
Tideway collates three of Matthew’s projects into one collection. The common thread is the River Thames, but more specifically the tidal section of the river that gracefully meanders through London and dominates the city he now calls home. It is more than a view through a commercial photographer’s lens - it is a response to experiencing life as a Londoner, and one who appreciates the river that likely means more to the city than many of its inhabitants may realise. Tideway brings together River People, London’s Super Highway and London Sleeps - all showcasing a variety of different viewpoints utilising various techniques that Matthew has to hand.
River People is a portrait series which looks at the people of the river, those connected to it, those who work on it and those who make the most of it for its recreational benefits; highlighting the obvious and the less obvious. London’s Super Highway is as much an awareness campaign as it is a collection of Thames landscapes - attempting to reveal that the Thames is as important today as it’s ever been. It’s all about portraying the busyness of the bustling Thames and challenging the viewer by creating creative chaos across scenes they know so well. London Sleeps moves in the opposite direction. Since moving to London to live and work, Matthew has developed a fascination and complete appreciation towards the city’s varied architecture which he sees as a historical documentation of London’s rich history and fusion of culture. Where London’s Super Highway reveals the busyness, London Sleeps strips it away - endeavouring to reveal the buildings, bridges, roads and monuments which hold London together, physically and culturally, in peace and quiet - without the people.
From Richmond in the west to the Thames Barrier in the east - this book documents just a fraction of the life and culture that the Thames brings to London. It is hoped that this visual collection will encourage the viewer to respond and possibly look twice the next time they are walking past some of the featured scenes, as London’s constant state of flux dictates that many of these images will quickly become mere historical documentations.