Tom Farmer’s Thames: Dark River, Still Shining

Born in Southampton, Tom studied Documentary Photography at the University of Wales, Newport. His work focuses on communities and individuals and the landscapes these people inhabit, often with reference to photographic journeys and pathways created by water. In 2014 he was awarded Arts Council Funding for the project ‘Thames: Dark River, Still Shining’ and the resulting exhibition was displayed at venues along the River Thames and in London. This project was also exhibited in Margate and Teddington in 2015, awarded by the Magenta Foundation and featured in a number of publications. His work was also part of the RPS 158 International touring show, which exhibited at 8 venues throughout the UK. Tom also self published a book of the Thames project. His recent work focuses on the Olympic Park in Stratford and the couples and young people who spend their summers there.

“These images, taken along the course of the River Thames, 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 the southern heart of 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.”