The River Thames


Our first brief was to shoot a picture entitled The Thames’.

The River Thames flows through the heart of London and is the reason for London’s existence. From tranquil countryside to urban buzz the Thames reflects the capital’s surprising diversity. We had to produce a single image that we felt showed one aspect of the river and the picture could be taken at any time, day or night.  We had to try to convey a personal message in our image of how we saw the river. When planning the picture we kept in mind many aspects of the river. For example: people, buildings, bridges wildlife, boats, commerce, leisure, and history. We shot this project using a digital camera, then selected and submited one final image.

Some facts about the River Thames:

By the Victorian era (circa 1880), the Thames had become the busiest inland port in the world, importing spices from the Far East and tobacco from the America’s. In fact, the Thames was so busy that the Victorians created vast docks inside the city itself, many of which remain today, although they are now used mainly for leisure purposes. The river Thames begins life as a trickle in a Gloucestershire meadow and flows for over 217km (135 miles) though the Cotswolds, Oxford, Henley and Windsor before it reaches London. The river Thames is the longest river in England.

There are currently four World Heritage Sites in the city of London: the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament), the Tower of London, Maritime Greenwich and Kew Gardens – and they’re all along the river. The Thames Path is a National Trail that runs on each bank of the river through the city, but you can cross over easily to the opposite bank by the many bridges along the route. The trail follows the river for 296km (184 miles) all the way from its source in the Cotswolds through rural countryside and into the urban landscape of Central London, finishing at the Thames Barrier in Woolwich.

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