Soundings from the Estuary book

Details of Forthcoming Book

Soundings from the Estuary

Frank Watson
Essay By Jonathan Meades

Soundings from the Estuary is a book of 32 colour photographs with an accompanying essay by the writer, journalist and film-maker, Jonathan Meades. The photographs in this book reflect a series of walks taken along the Thames Estuary, occurring in all seasons and at sporadic times over a seven-year period. Much of the Estuary is perceived as a brown field site lacking the traditional attributes of the picturesque. Prominent features include landfill sites, prisons, oil refineries and industrial debris left scattered along the river's foreshore, amongst which also lie industrial and military ruins. Yet despite its blighted public image, the Thames estuary does have a sense of place, albeit one that is dependent on the importance of the river itself and its relation to the history of the growth of London as a global city. However, this scenario conflicts with predictions of rising sea levels from global warming that would subject much of the low lying marshland of the area to flooding. The Thames Estuary is a contested landscape, with both naturalists and environmentalists seeking to preserve the existing terrain from the threats posed to its future.

Publication Date: September 2014
Hush House Publishers
ISBN 978-0-9548353-1-6
25x22cms, 32 Colour Images, 72pp, Hardback. £20.

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London Festival of Architecture
An exhibition of the Soundings from the Estuary project was held at the Novas Gallery, London as part of the London Festival of Architecture 2008. In conjunction with the Exhibition, a talk was put on at the Tate Modern Gallery with Michael Edwards who has written extensively on the Thames Estuary and Patrick Wright (writer and critic and broadcaster) who has made a television documentary on the estuary.

Resonance Soundfile
In July 2008 an interview with the artists and architects Tony Broomhead and Nicky Kirk from Amenity Space was recorded for Resonance radio. Click the start button on the audio player below to hear this.

A DVD of the Isles of Grain is available.
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