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A Portrait of the Severn
Photographing the River from the Mountains to the Sea

Published 2006; 128 pp; 240x170mm.
ISBN 095-42096-5-6 £17.99 HARDBACK

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Old Ferry Site, Arley
Old Ferry Site, Arley

Gloucester Docks
Gloucester Docks
Terry Kenny, coracle maker
Terry Kenny, coracle maker
Severn Bridge
Severn Bridge
Blaen Hafren waterfall.jpg
Blaen Hafren waterfall
Ironbridge detail
Ironbridge detail

The Severn is Britainís longest river. Its course of 220 miles is rather perverse: rising in central Wales it flows north-east before bending like handle of a shepherdís crook to make its way south, cutting through Wenlock Edge in a dramatic gorge at Coalbrookdale and finally emptying into the Bristol Channel. The Romans exploited the Servern as a trade route and it remained Britainís premier highway until the industrial revolution, which both embraced and then partially eclipsed it as canal development usurped its traffic.

I wanted to photograph this great river in a meaningful way, reflecting its history and culture without allowing my interest in industrial history to dictate the agenda and overtake the visual possibilities of the river. I hope I have achieved a balance, where the pictures can be appreciated for their own sake as well as being justified by stories they tell.

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