Tom Farmer - 'Thames: Dark River, Still Shining'
'Thames: Dark River, Still Shining' is a photography project documenting people and communities living along the course of the River Thames, examining their connections to the river and surrounding landscape. The resulting photographs will form a touring exhibition stopping at eight locations along the river from Oxford to Walton-on-Thames and moving on to London where the images will be exhibited at MPA Gallery, in conjunction with The Thames Festival.
The images offer a small glimpse of how the river is inextricably linked to the communities who inhabit the surrounding area. Physically, emotionally and spiritually the river weaves its way through southern England carrying with it the collective history of a nation. Rich in culture and heritage the river has been the scene of many a spectacle from Royal traditions to industrial innovations. Yet it remains a wholly communal river, an inspiration to artists and musicians, a river of leisure, of sport and a place people call home. These images are a meditation on a collective connection to the Thames and they reflect the diversity of community and tradition found along the route of the river.
Tom Farmer graduated from the University of Wales with a degree in Documentary Photography in 2007. This project came out of his desire to create work around the theme of the ‘photographic journey’ and from a need to explore the connections people and communities have with the Thames. In May 2013 Tom was announced as a UK winner of the Magenta Foundation Emerging Photographers award, and selected images from the series have been featured in fLIP and Darwin Magazines. His work documenting a failed Congolese asylum seeker was exhibited as part of National Refugee Week and featured in LPV, Conscientious, Square, SMBH and Private online publications.
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