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From baptisms to boat burnings, life along the Thames is full of surprises

Published on 30 January 2021 at 10:12

Shot between 2011–16, Chloe Dewe Mathews’ Thames Log traces the world-famous river from its easily missed, disputed source in a field in Gloucester to its more expansive end in the North Sea. The photographer focuses on rituals, from baptism to pagan ceremonies, and from reading the Sunday paper to teenage rites of passage, and in doing so, she suggests something paradoxical. Just as rituals are repetitive but never quite the same, the Thames is both centuries old and ever-changing.

‘Heraclitus’ axiom that you can’t step into the same river twice has become so familiar that it’s hard to look at what it means,’ writes Marina Warner, in her introduction to the book.

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