PL: Thames and & Hudson’s Creative Director, Tristan de Lancey, had the idea to shoot all the mudlarked objects where they were found on the Thames foreshore. This is something that has never been done before, and it is how we found ourselves at 8 A.M. on a sunny Monday in lockdown hopping a fence in Pimlico to descend to the foreshore for a week-long photoshoot.
Through rain and shine, photographer Matthew Williams-Ellis knelt in mud, sand and shingle to capture the 30 plus main finds on the foreshore. The objects, half submerged in water, cradled in a dropped oyster shell, or nestled amongst some green lichen, look as if they have just been found. The results are the striking foreshore images which form the main part of Mudlark’d.