When Kenneth Grahame’s mole sits for the first time by the river in The Wind and the Willows, what he hears is “a babbling procession of the best stories in the world, sent from the heart of the earth to be told at last to the insatiable sea”.For British photographer Chloe Dewe Mathews, the tales told by the Thames are just as enchanting. In a new exhibition, she traces its course from source to sea, uncovering the people and practices on its waters that otherwise might slip by unnoticed: mudlarks picking through the banks for treasure; the annual royal census of its swans; even a druid in a homemade coracle, delighting like Grahame’s water rat in simply messing about in boats.

‘Thames Log’ is co-published by Loose Joints and Martin Parr Foundation and will be showing at the Martin Parr Foundation in summer 2021

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