A day by the barrier

As the sun was setting, Hubbie and I were sipping organic lemonade at Summer with Monika on Pitfield Street, enjoying remnants of a balmy early summer evening. ‘We could do it indoor but I also wanna shoot them outside too’, I chipped in. We were then brainstorming how the photo shoot we were planning for my knitwear should be art directed. ‘Yeah, they could look really great against some rugged backdrops’, He mused…

‘Why don’t we go location-hunting tomorrow?’

While finishing our drink, we mulled it over and decided that we were to visit Thames Barrier next day.

The marvel of modern engineering…

Alminium cladding of the piers was gleaming under the midday sun.

Their curve reminded me an ancient creature, ammonite. And brightly coloured gate mechanism resembled a fantastic science-fiction automaton. I shan’t bore you with my descriptions of the technical details of the barrier. If you are interested in them, please read in here.

We had a small picnic at Thames Barrier Park. The park was equipped with well-manicured lawn and an interesting landscaping. The locals seemed to love this family friendly space very much and as a result, it was almost litter less despite the park didn’t have many bins.

Mr.B loved the place too…

He was pottering, sniffing around and blinking in the bright sunshine. One time, he must have found a spot with an irresistible scent. He started to rub his body against it frantically. Oh no, what is it, Mr.B? I hope it’s not too gamy…

The park was very beautiful but we found the place was a little too pretty and sanitised for the backdrop of the photo-shoot. So we decided to investigate the opposite side of the barrier.

Reaching to the other side of the Thames turned out to be a bit of an ordeal. A huge traffic was building up around the roads leading up to Blacknell Tunnel and our progress was agonisingly slow. The sound of air-conditioner working in a full power was deafening and white-hot sunlight was glaring in our faces as we waited patiently in a snail pace traffic.

A view of Thames Barrier from the south side…

The other side, where Thames Barrier Information Centre was located, was much quieter than the park side. There was absolutely no car in the visitor’s parking when we arrived and only a handful of families were having a picnic by the river bank. 

A plant of Tate & Lyle Sugar with a huge ship floating on the river, ready to receive the cargo…

Is it a river bus? We saw some ships did a u-turn and went back up the Thames. However, this vessel carried on down the river…

Hubbie and I admired a view from the information centre as we shared a can of Fanta and a small tab of Pringles…

Beyond the barrier, we could see Canary Wharf and the Millennium Dome under a sky full of amazing looking clouds. The scene was a pure pleasure to behold.

‘They do look great but may not be suitable for our project’, we signed as we spotted a sign stating that any commercial photoshooting without a permission was prohibited within the compound of the barrier or the adjacent park. The barrier looked amazing but it wouldn’t be any use if we couldn’t get closer, would it? We shrugged and headed to the car park.

Our location hunting still goes on. If you have any suggestion, please chip in. It will be much appreciated!

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

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