In the pool. One of my favorite photographers Gregory Crewdson says that he thinks up the composition of his photographs while swimming. I’m finding that it is doing a similar thing for me. I’ve been swimming a little over a mile four times per week these days mostly during the M-F afternoons.
It takes me a little over an hour to do the swim and I find that this hour is my favorite hour in the day. There is something about being underwater and forced away from distractions that lets your mind wander in all kinds of directions. There is no iPhone in the pool, no internet, no MacBook, just you and the water.
Swimming helps me get in tune with my body and there certainly is the physicality of it, but more importantly it lets me get in tune with my mind.
I’ve thought a lot about my photography while swimming. I’ve come up with many new ideas for ways that I can show my work. How to print and display my work, how to collaborate with my work, how the internet and digital can intersect with the physical and fine art.
It’s something that I’m going to continue doing and is something that I look forward to most afternoons these days.