I’m a huge fan of swimming and swim several kilometres a week but I’ve never had the opportunity to capture swimmers – until now.
Exeter School have opened a new multi-lane 25m indoor swimming pool and it’s a fantastic facility not just for the school but also surrounding schools.
The photography brief was two-fold. The first visit was to visit Exeter School and capture both external shots of the newly created building but also to capture shoots of pupils using the pool. Due to the timing (exams) many of the pupils were juniors but impressive swimmers all the same. A subsequent visit recorded the opening of the visit and it was fantastic to see the photos from the first visit already on the walls.
There are a number of challenges to photographing swimming. The first is one that I came across in my early days of photography when I tried to photograph Kew Gardens, yes, cameras steam up in warm and humid places! Pupils at Exeter School were on firm instructions to try not to spot the wall too rapidly; cameras are best served dry. Also, unlike many sports where you can focus track, with swimming the subject may disappear!
Exeter School was supplied with a good selection of images from the two visits, enough to fill wow-boards on the walls but also materials to be used in ongoing marketing both online and in print.