Black & White image of the Essex Saltmarsh


See our local landscape from a different perspective in an exhibition of black and white photographs of Essex salt marshes by Essex based artist and photographer, Rachel Spender.

Taken using film cameras from a small aeroplane and hand printed in a traditional darkroom, the aerial photographs focus on the sculptural and textural qualities of the marshes – with the intention of highlighting the beauty of the landscape and our responsibility to look after it.

“The textures, patterns and sculptural formations are caused by the effects of tides on shingle bank and saltmarsh – the natural breakdown of crustaceans and seashells- and what happens when fresh water meets saltwater, and when humans, across the ages, have interrupted this natural flow of events.

All is revealed at low water, when the tide is right out, and in the low winter sun which casts long, sharp shadows.”

– Rachel Spender, 2020.

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  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Facilities for hearing impaired
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome Host

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions


Road Directions

By Road:Follow signs to the Town Centre.Accessible by Public Transport: Colchester Town station is 1 mile away.

Essex Salt Marsh From The Air

Type:Art Exhibition

Firstsite, Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JH

Tel: 01206 713700

Fax: 01206 577161

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