18 photographs

Photographing the Thames: On 16-year-expired Film

Inspired by the proposed Garden Bridge, photographer Evan Skuthorpe has captured the view along and around the Thames that will no longer exist if the proposed bridge is built.


If one thing is constant, it's change. When the proposal for a new bridge across the Thames was first unveiled by former model Joanna Lumley and then-Mayor Boris Johnson, I was somewhat taken aback at the proposed location. I think most tax-paying Londoners were. It's East London that needs bridges, maybe parts of West London, central London does not - especially bridges for private function, with limited public access and at cost to the public purse that will ruin the views across the widest span of uninterrupted Thames and skyline views. The Garden Bridge is nothing but a vanity project permissible only by the self-interest and corruption of those in office rather than the needs of the city or its population.

It was with this that my idea to record that area of the Thames, for posterity sake, came to me. And why not shoot it on expired film I'd recently purchased? In this predominately digital age, the qualities of film - the grain, the colour saturation and with a softer-than-digital 'feel', would obscure the time period in which the photos were captured. The ethereal quality of whatever-this-expired-film-might-look-like-when-developed would add a certain intrigue to the scenes captured. I photographed the views that currently exist, that the Garden Bridge would obliterate, as well as the north and south banks that would be affected by it.

Here in 18 photos I present the Thames, shot on film that expired 16 years ago, for posterity sake.