Louise Balaam's May 2017 exhibition catalogue.
For this new body of work I've been exploring the North Kent marshes, a hidden wilderness not far from London. It's fascinating place, full of traces of human history, together with a rich array of wildlife. Avocets, nightingales, oystercatchers, hen harrierrs and lapwings coexist with the cranes and container ships of the London Gateway port across the river. Sheep and shaggy wild ponies graze under pylons, close to the Thames estuary, and water channels run through the reedbeds to the horizon, reflecting the huge skies.