The Thames Estuary is an unresolved and fragmented landscape. The residue of an industrial, military and agricultural past litters half submerged banks, washed by the slow, inexorable clock of exaggerated tidal movements. ‘The River Lingers’ is the result of repeated walks along the lower reaches of the Thames and is made in response to the relationship (both poetic and literal) between water and land.
The River Lingers is concerned with representations of place; how the natural and the human co-exist, and through the accumulation of time and layering of histories, come to determine the nature of the landscape.
James’s interest has to do with the possibility of a landscape as both a material reality and a receptacle for the imaginary, and the photograph’s role as a mediator of this relationship. I work mainly in the South East of England, in places where water meets land and the slow rhythms of time are made visible.