Although it is possible that humans knew how to swim as early as the prehistoric period (there is no archaeological evidence for this), the earliest records of this date back to approximately 4500 BC8 and come from Egypt, Greece, Assyria and Rome, Roman citizens were taught to swim from childhood: the Greeks (Plato: Laws III, 689d) and the Romans said of a poorly educated man: “He can neither read nor swim”. The Romans could swim in the baths, but this discipline did not appear in the Panhellenic Games.
Swimming is my therapy, both mental, physical and visual.
It offers me the opportunity to dream ideas, mine and others’ ideas, as I frequently read books whilst swimming. I use an underwater device where I’ve registered the audiobook. My latest is the adventures of MarcoPolo take me on a 13th-century adventure of discovery and the extraordinary life of that period. The variety of the books depends on my curiosity of the moment, from Leonardo de Vinci’s life to the adventure of developing Gene editing and CRISPR with The Code Breaker. The stories take me off into another world, stimulating my imagination and challenging my ideas from science to history to autobiographies and occasional zaniness with David Foster Wallace. All are simultaneously marrying with my movements in the water, and the changing light is always omnipresent, taking me on an inward journey of tranquillity.
I have been recording this visual adventure with the water, reflections and changing lights for some time now. The iPhone has become my constant companion managing with the appropriate apps to achieve; I believe, some remarkable, at least visually agreeable results.
These images are the results.