London’s dark river and its secrets

Over three months, photographer Stefan Wermuth walked along the banks of the Thames, photographing the river and the abandoned objects exposed by the receding tide.

London’s River Thames has been the lifeblood of the British capital since the city’s origins as a Roman garrison town around 2,000 years ago. The river was the artery through which the world’s trade passed at the height of the British Empire, and its banks were lined with factories that drove the Industrial Revolution but left its waters biologically dead. (Reuters)

Photography by Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

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London’s dark river and its secrets

Wooden props are seen on the bank of the River Thames during low tide in London, Britain on March 9, 2017. (Photo: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters)

London’s dark river and its secrets

Traffic cones are seen on the bank of the River Thames during low tide in London, Britain on Jan. 19, 2017. (Photo: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters)

London’s dark river and its secrets

Bricks covered in mud are seen on the bank of the River Thames during low tide in London, Britain on Feb. 27, 2017. (Photo: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters)

London’s dark river and its secrets

Rust is seen along the bank of the River Thames during low tide in London, Britain on Feb.24, 2017. (Photo: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters)

London’s dark river and its secrets

Stones are seen on the bank of the River Thames during low tide in London, Britain on Jan. 23, 2017. (Photo: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters)

London’s dark river and its secrets

Water runs out of a bridge pillar along the bank of the River Thames during low tide in London, Britain on Jan. 23, 2017. (Photo: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters)

London’s dark river and its secrets

Seaweed is seen on the bank of the River Thames during low tide in London, Britain on Jan. 23, 2017. (Photo: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters)

London’s dark river and its secrets

Light is reflected from a wet wall along the bank of the River Thames during low tide in London, Britain on Feb. 27, 2017. (Photo: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters)

London’s dark river and its secrets

A dead bird lies next to a rose on the bank of the River Thames during low tide in London, Britain on Jan. 23, 2017. (Photo: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters)

London’s dark river and its secrets

Seaweed is seen on the bank of the River Thames during low tide in London, Britain on Feb. 24, 2017. (Photo: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters)

London’s dark river and its secrets

A water drop lands in a puddle on the bank of the River Thames during low tide in London, Britain on March 3, 2017. (Photo: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters)

London’s dark river and its secrets

A drawing of a face is seen on a wall along the bank of the River Thames during low tide in London, Britain on Feb. 24, 2017. (Photo: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters)

London’s dark river and its secrets

Raindrops fall into the River Thames during low tide in London, Britain on Feb. 27, 2017. (Photo: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters)

London’s dark river and its secrets

Stalactites are seen along the bank of the River Thames during low tide in London, Britain on Feb. 24, 2017. (Photo: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters)

London’s dark river and its secrets

A wooden stick is seen on the bank of the River Thames during low tide in London, Britain on Jan. 23, 2017. (Photo: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters)

London’s dark river and its secrets

Sand is seen on the bank of the River Thames during low tide in London, Britain on Feb. 24, 2017. (Photo: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters)

London’s dark river and its secrets

An umbrella is seen on the bank of the River Thames during low tide in London, Britain on March 2, 2017. (Photo: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters)

London’s dark river and its secrets

Water trails are seen on the bank of the River Thames during low tide in London, Britain on Feb. 24, 2017. (Photo: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters)

London’s dark river and its secrets

Material is seen on the bank of the River Thames during low tide in London, Britain Feb. 27, 2017. (Photo: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters)

London’s dark river and its secrets

A water drop hangs on a stalactite along the bank of the River Thames during low tide in London, Britain on Feb. 24, 2017. (Photo: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters)

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