In the Garden of England

In the Garden of England
2001 - Present

In 2003 I got my first photography job at a holiday camp in Kent photographing children sitting on the knee of a giant rabbit called Loopy. During this period I also embarked on telling my own documentary photo-stories about the local area. It would be a photo-essay I made about people who rescue battery farm hens in Kent that would be shortlisted for a Magnum Photos / IdeasTap award. That exposure ultimately lead to National Geographic Magazine publishing that series in 2011.

This work has been made since 2001, the majority of it wasn’t commissioned by a magazine (but many magazines bought the work after it was made, see publication history on my biography).  I have started going through my archive of projects around Kent and have realised the significant body of work I have collected and now want to complete. 

How you can help?

I would need some support covering film cost as the work is made on medium format colour negative film. Either sponsorship or some other arrangement - my photography gets published in editorial outlets all over the world. I sell prints, so It would be great to work with a gallery that has an interest in British documentary photography. I could take commissioned portraits or shoot an assignment. My ambition is to make a book collecting all this work together titled In the Garden of England.

Since moving back to Kent in 2016 I have been trying to continue this work and would very much like any advice on events in Kent, interesting groups, colourful characters, places or people to cover with this work. If you can think of anything noteworthy and visual please get in touch.


︎︎  ed@edwardthompson.co.uk
︎  UK 07788846782

Connection to Kent

I grew up in Sandgate and went to a secondary school in Folkestone. I studied a BA Degree in Maidstone whilst I lived in Chatham. I spent a lot of time on Romney Marsh as a teenager, my first date was in Canterbury. My dad and brother worked on the Channel Tunnel. My first photography job was at New Beach Holiday Camp in New Romney and the Isle of Sheppey. I currently teach photography at UCA Rochester and live in Ramsgate.