I am a swimmer.
I love to be in water, to be surrounded by water, to propel myself through water, to float, to sink, to be immersed, to feel unbound to gravitational pull and verticality. What is usually up and down, standing, sitting, lying can dissolve in water. Swimming in the sea and the movement and sound of the sea gives a sense of aliveness and exhilaration BUT swimming pools as public spaces have a fascinating contrast to this natural body of water. The hard surfaces, the lines, the formal rectangular sunken container, often painted blue or more recently metallic silver. This is a stark contrast to the water that fills the rectangular container, that moves, is fluid and a stark contrast to how I feel in the swimming pool with a sensation of water enclosing me, water direct and snug against my skin.
In relation to the research project body intersect surface, I have become intrigued by the elusive quality of the surface of water and the surface tension of water. If the surface of the water is what is visible and uppermost of a body of water, and if a geometric surface has breadth and length but no thickness, is surface simply visible and immaterial?
Using the Go-pro camera in the pool, I tried to capture and locate the precise divide between above and below, to feel the moment that I break through the surface and to look at the surface from both above and from below the water.
There are hard architectural surfaces and a fluid organic surface
Surface tension is broken by and reforming around my body
Surface is becoming visible with light: reflection, refraction
The camera is capturing the architecture of the pool through the underside of surface
The camera is capturing a distortion of surface images from above and under water