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'Dock Life renewed -
How London's Docks are thriving again'

For my latest project I’m photographing life on the waters of London’s famous old Docks. Forty years ago, London’s Docklands had become 6,000 acres of forgotten wasteland after over a century as the busiest port in the world.  Now these once-derelict docks are again filled with boats of all shapes and sizes, forming homes and businesses for an extraordinary range of people. From millionaires visiting on their super-yachts, country-house executives needing a London base and fit pensioners looking for adventure, through to young tech workers wanting a cheaper place to live, jobbing craftsmen keeping ancient marine trades alive and homeless people finding refuge, these are varied and dynamic communities.   

 

Focusing on St. Katharine Docks, the Surrey Docks and the Isle of Dogs, my photographs illustrate the rich mix of personalities and activities in these converted commercial docks.  Each of these areas is run by a different organisation and has a distinct character.  Lying either side of the Thames between the City and Greenwich, they enjoy central London locations but as floating communities with their own nautical customs and rules, they are a world apart from their land-based neighbours.  Who would have predicted that the formation of the government quango, the London Docklands Development Corporation, back in the early 1980s would kickstart such a remarkable transformation by the river.  I've been able to gain unique access and these images reveal the amazingly diverse modern-day life within these urban marinas. 

 

An exhibition is planned for a London location - details to be confirmed shortly.

 

I’m also currently looking for sponsorship for a book of the images, again with the excellent Unicorn Publishing www.unicornpublishing.org who did such a great job producing ‘Faith in the City of London’.  If being prominently associated with a beautifully-produced book appeals, please do get in touch at photos@nikigorick.com