Thames Log

by Chloe Dewe Mathews



Thames Log by Chloe Dewe Mathews. First edition (2021). First impression. Large format paperback with French flaps in new condition. No markings. This is a brand new book. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.

About Thames Log

This book examines the ever changing nature of our relationship to water. From ancient pagan festivities through to the rituals of modern life. Dewe Mathews spent five years photographing up and down the River Thames, from its puddling source to its great estuarial mouth. She focuses her attention on lives that overlap with the river but whose activities often go unnoticed. Like ship spotters, who log the continual stream of vessels that pass through Tilbury. As well as mudlarks, who comb the city sludge for Roman and Saxon treasure. Above the tidal Thames, which transforms the landscape twice daily, the young river meanders gently through the verdant countryside.

There, Dewe Mathews encounters neopagan rituals, eccentric coracle builders, and the custodians of royal swans. Far from holding a fixed identity, the Thames becomes a protagonist in a series of ceremonies and practices that flow seamlessly downstream, from boat burning in Oxford to evening prayer in Southend; from mass baptisms to teenage rites of passage. Despite its status as one of the most iconic and well documented rivers in the world, the Thames documented by Dewe Mathews invites you to look beyond the river to consider religious and secular rituals, and how meaning and identity are constructed through practices both big and small, private and public. For some, the Thames represents a source from which to dream, or imagine other places, other rivers - the Volga, Congo, Ganges, Arcadia. For others, it will represent a final point of departure, as their ashes are scattered into its flow.

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