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“The Swimmers”, diving in another era

These Emma Hartvig’s images have as their subject the Aqualillies, a Los Angeles-based group of synchronised swimmers who approached her upon learning she was in town. “They have apparently been following my work for quite some time, and asked if I would photograph them,” Hartvig explains, “which was, to put it simply, a dream come true.”

Looking at “The Swimmers”, with its crystalline blue water and acrobatic women in pristine white costumes, feels like stepping back in time. Hartvig gets to the crux of the action in a way that never reads as intrusive, her shots are innately voyeuristic, but somehow in an intimate way.

Photography by Emma Hartvig

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