Emma Wood



Walking Across The Thames         

Bridges connect life to London; they are used as a network to cross the River Thames: an integral part of the City of London that has associations with history, tourism, travel and commerce. My aim was to show an unseen side to these architectural arcs that stitch either side of the river together.

I wanted to seek their structural form, to photograph them with compositions that abstracted them from other environmental details and emphasize formal elements such as rhythm of line and shape. My focus on structure and form was influenced by the typology of Bernd and Hilla Becher’s black and white prints.

When shooting on location by the Southbank I discovered unseen and unused spaces under the OXO Tower and the Southbank pedestrian walkway. This led my project to evolve from an initial focus on bridges and underpasses that crossed the Thames to also include hidden areas found along the river. Stepping under pedestrian pathways transported me across London; traveling through under passes and under bridges I zigzagged along the River Thames.

These images would be positioned next to each other to create a concertina effect. This arrangement was inspired by primary research at Museum of London. I was drawn to a corrugated strip of small images found in a tourism memorabilia cabinet. The folded structural shape would act as visual reference to the curving bends of the River Thames.