Rachel Thomson - SACRE BLEU!

Rachel Thomson - SACRE BLEU!

An environmentally concerned exhibition of cyanotype photograms from the local canals and  roadsides in East London is opening at Europe’s largest urban wetland nature reserve as part of Photomonth East London International Photography Festival 2018. 

rachel thomson at walthamstow wetlands

sacre bleu at walthamstow wetlands

The artist Rachel Thomson uses the earliest form of cameraless photography to create a kind of visual fossil of milky, sunbleached weeds, wildflowers and grasses from the local area with an unsettling and invasive presence of plastic bags, nos canisters, can rings, takeaway lids, ring pulls, fishing line and other ubiquitous plastic waste.


Rachel Thomson’s work is photography and print based using natural and found materials. She is fascinated by mimesis in insects, animals, plants and humans and is very concerned about the effects of plastic in the natural world.

art exhibition at walthamstow wetlands

Her work ‘Invasive Medusae’ on ocean pollution has been exhibited this year as part of The Universal Sea Festival, launching at the Centre of Polish Sculpture, Oronsko, Poland and visiting Budapest, Berlin, Venice, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Helsinki and Pristina in Kosovo.


SACRE BLEU! is exhibited in the Engine House, Walthamstow Wetlands, 2 Forest Road, N17 9NH. FREE entry all ages welcome. Daily 9.30am - 4pm. 01 October - 30th November 2018.

rachel thomson sacre bleu at walthamstow wetlands