Friday Photo: Wild Swimming at a Photography Festival

Wild Swimming at Snap

So today’s Friday Photo goes back a few months to a freezing cold misty morning in April, in a forest in Wales, at 6.30am.  I’ll just say that again.  Six-thirty.  A.M.  It was at the inaugural Snap Festival.  The UK’s first photography festival run by the force of nature who is Laura Babb.  The reason that anyone was up at all was this scheduled wild swimming event.  Okay, that’s not quite true.  The reason that quite a few people were up is that they still hadn’t gone to bed from an impromptu party the night before.  A party where a whole bunch of drunken people had commandeered the speakers’ tent and its sound system for an all-night revelry.  Apparently.  I don’t know.  I wasn’t there.  I was giving my talk the next morning, so had gone to bed early to the distant boom of Jump Around echoing through the trees.  So but anyway, out of around 50 or so attendees only five hardy souls made it to the wild swimming.  One or two of those came along simply because they were up from the night before and in their alcoholic fug thought, Yes why wouldn’t I agree to a random encounter with an icy lake right now.  The rest of the party were three lunatic Finnish guys who took the whole thing in their stride the only way three lunatic Finnish guys can take everything in their stride.  I’m still not sure how I got roped in to taking the photos, much less agreed, much less actually got out of bed at 6.29 in the morning and made it down there.  But I’m glad that I did, and this is my favourite photo from the session.  (I did not go anywhere near getting in the water).  Okay, it’s not quite Ryan McGinley’s young things running naked across a Californian state highway, or diving (naked) into a warm Mexican underground cave.  But this is Britain, we have swimwear, and it’s cold, and this is how we do it over here…

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Technical details for the photography wonks:

Camera: Canon 5D MKIII

Lens: Canon 35mm f1.4

Aperture: f7.1

Shutter speed: 1/250

ISO: 1600









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