Saturday, 7 April 2012

By The Riverside...

I recently had an idea about a story set by the riverside... Perhaps an eco - friendly, raising - awareness and funny kind of story... Starring a cat named Tunafish. Who, together with his 'River' friends, began a mission to clean up The Thames... I was inspired, whilst out walking one day and meeting a very robust - looking moggy, to illustrate this vision and tell tales of Tuna's adventures. The Heron, The Black - Headed Gull, The Bass, The Duck and The Crayfish....are all on this important mission.
 Tunafish lives on a barge with his adopted companion, Ms. Denim. She Feeds him his favourite sandwiches of Catnip, sardines and marmite and keeps the wood burner glowing... Tuna's cushion is always puffed up on the chair, and in return, Tuna gives unconditional friendship and keeps the barge free of rodents.
 So, whilst out taking photographs for research... I (by default) Discovered a vibrant and beautiful Riverscape... I stumbled across a part of London to fall in love with again... And, through my lens, saw The Thames in a different light... The space between Wandsworth Bridge and The Albert Bridge has completely opened my eyes again... or maybe it's just in search of Tuna's story...

A New Photo Story :

By The Riverside by Helen Ratcliff.










So.... This was a particularly grey day in South West London. But, it gave me an idea.... I love the mix of old with new. The urban with a slight twist. History juxtapositioned by contemporary... And, this place, St Mary's Church, in Battersea, appropriately named "A Sacred Place"...
 Then, it got me thinking about the wildness within again and how we need to keep preserving not only Tuna's river friends but the river that is their source of survival... And, with that in mind.... the sun came out...

By The Riverside (cont.)...






To be continued...

2 comments:

  1. Great photos Helen - It looks like a lovely quiet place.

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