Photo Essay – Serpentine Swimmers Henry Hunt captures swimmers post-plunge at the Serpentine Lake in London

During the winter months, when the water temperatures were very low, I documented early morning swimmers at the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park, London. The range of individuals and personalities was varied – from exceptionally focussed athletes training for their next competition, to those who fancied starting their day with a leisurely dip. I concentrated on those leisurely swimmers, keen to discover what they were getting out of their experience, by photographing them ‘post-plunge’.

Using a clean background to separate each swimmer from their environment (and with limited time due to the cold), I was able to capture a rare moment of emotion. What I found most striking was how uplifted they all seemed. So much so, I kept going back.


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