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Thames water

by Ruth Slavid

Photo ©: 1 Quintin Lake Thames Waters IV; 5 miles downstream, near Ashton Keynes

This is one of a series of photographs by photographer Quintin Lake entitled ‘Sweet Thames, Run Softly’, based on a quotation from T S Eliot’s
The Waste Land,

‘Sweet Thames, run softly till I end my song, Sweet Thames, run softly, for I speak not loud or long’.

Lake says that while watching the first few minutes of Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony for the Olympics, with its speeded up aerial journey along the river, he realised that he wanted to walk the length of the Thames and produce an artwork based on the experience.

He spent 10 days on the 170-mile journey, camping along the way which was, he said, difficult because the area is so heavily populated. He says of his photos: ‘I purposely cropped out the landmarks to emphasise the difference of the texture and colour of the water. Before I started the journey I would never have thought that the water at the source could look quite so different to the same water as it passed under the M25 bridge.’ The image shown here, with its Monet-like reflections, was taken five miles down from the source, near Ashton Keynes.

You can see the full series at Prints of the photographs are available for sale.

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