New Thames

The photographer Alvarez Diestro observes the new buildings along the Thames river, underlining how they react with the river and create an architectural pattern.

Manuel Alvarez Diestro, New Thames
New Thames is a photographic project about the Thames River in London and the new architecture along its banks.

My objective was to create a contemporary vision of this emblematic river far from the traditional representations that we often see. With this in mind, I meticulously photographed the new vistas that I found when walking in both sides of the River. I selected a variety of locations in the East, West and central London. In the Eastern parts I choosed the new business area of Canary Warf and the adjacent districts towards Dartford. In the West, I mainly focused on the new residential developments built for the wealthy, in places such as Chelsea and Wandsworth Town. 

With all these developments I was keen to show the repetition of architectural patterns and how they injected a rhythmic accent to the river. Finally, I photographed other recent structures that interacted with older ones creating an interplay of different scales and juxtaposition of styles. I gave special attention to preserve a variety of atmospheric conditions intrinsic to the Thames and typically captured in other artistic mediums. My decision to keep a fixed composition with the horizontal line centrally placed was intended to enhance the Thames position as the predominant element in the series.


Manuel Alvarez Diestro is a visual artist based in London working with photography and film. His main interest is to explore mankind place in the landscape and in the contemporary city.

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