In Thames Log, Chloe Dewe Mathews examines the ever-changing nature of our relationship to water.
From the source of the river Thames to its mouth, Chloe has photographed people enacting a range of rituals and routines at the water’s edge. Over the course of five years she has observed traditional, collective ceremonies as well as privately improvised acts; from ship spotting, mud larking and ceremonial boat burning, to Pentecostal baptisms, coracle missions and teenage rites of passage.
To coincide with this exhibition, the photobook Thames Log has been co-published by Loose Joints and Martin Parr Foundation. Signed copies available on the MPF shop.
A free audio download to accompany the Thames Log exhibition is available here.
Thames Log has been listed in The Observer’s top five exhibitions to see in 2021, and is a part of the inaugural Bristol Photo Festival, a new biennial that celebrates the power and diversity of photography.