TODAY MEN IS THE GREATEST LANDSCAPER ON OUR WORLD. WITH OUR TECHNOLOGIES AND MACHINERIES WE SHAPE AND RESHAPE THE FACE OF THE EARTH. BUT OUR PLANET IS A LIVING GLOBE AS WELL. MEANING THAT IT IS IN CONSTANT MOVEMENT. WE ALREADY KNOW THAT MILLIONS OF YEARS AGO, THE FACE OF THE EARTH WAS VERY DIFFERENT FROM TODAY, AND MILLIONS OF YEARS AFTER US IT PROBABLY WILL BE DIFFERENT AS WELL. THOUGH WE DON’T SEE IT AS IT HAPPENS EVER SO SLOWLY, THE MOUNTAINS RISE AND FALL, THE CONTINENTS MOVE AND THE RIVERS CHANGE THEIR PATHS.
When it comes to natural changes we can often see that actions cause reactions. The Toba super eruption that occurred about 74,000 year ago, caused a volcanic winter that lasted 6 to 10 years and introduced the last ice age that would cover large parts of the world with ice for thousands of years. Some believe that, once the ice started to melt again, it eventually led to the Great Flood, which caused a major change in the continents. Whole parts of lands disappeared for ever under water, often with towns and villages on them.
The River Thames is the longest river in England and flows through Southern England. 2,000 years ago humans first settled at the Thames in a place now known to be London, the powerful capital of the United Kingdom. During those 2,000 years lots has changed. Many tribes lived here and enlarged the settlement. The Romans arrived in 43 BC to make place 500 years later for the Anglo Saxons. Half a millennium later the Normans conquered the town and stayed till the Medieval times. Over the last 5 centuries many great houses ruled over Britain, all having their seat in London and adding to the city, causing the River Thames to change its course. Still today we find archaeological proof of how climate and human involvement influenced the great rivers natural flow. We know the river banks have changed place many times and even found evidence of islands that once were but have disappeared since long.
In history the River Thames has caused many floods taking parts of the city with her when the waters withdrew. The Thames is still subject to tides, causing the river to rise and fall. And as the water leaves the walls that now form a barrier for the river to follow, and it drops to a low tide, it reveals another world. A world of deep greens and hard rocks. A world in which we can find pillars and rooms, once occupied by our ancestors but since then a part of this mystical underwater world. Places that spend half their lifetime invisible under deep and dangerous waters and that trigger our imagination. Roman villas, Viking fortresses, architectural wonders that should have been monuments to mighty kings and powerful families and foundations of simple settlements once occupied by fishermen that came here first.
Here, down by the riverside, Graham Martin brought some of his favourite models. Their masculine beauty a contrast to the rocky and mossy river banks that every now and then reveal themselves to the human eye. And by doing so, by being here and shooting his man here, Graham Martin adds to the history of the mighty Thames. His portraits are now a modern day witness of times gone by, vision where he combines hidden history with contemporary male beauty. A sharp contrast that finds its place on the long time line that follows the flow of the River Thames. In the past, in the present and in a future long after we are gone. –BM-
Featured models: Danny | Mandels | Sheone | Stefan | Valdii.
GRAHAM MARTIN | BEAUTIFULMAG