A beautiful new sequence by Sydney-based photographer Brad Partitions captures synchronized swimming in all its glory. These should not your typical sport motion pictures. Partitions captured the sequence, known as Water Geomaids, from above, utilizing a drone. And identical to synchronized swimming itself, the images had been fastidiously choreographed. Partitions deliberate the pictures upfront to showcase sure geometric types like circles, triangles, squares, and rhombuses.
Synchronized swimming in all probability conjures up pictures of Esther Williams and glamorous Outdated Hollywood units from 70 years in the past. However portrayals in up to date popular culture are comparatively few. “I used to be stunned on the lack of images capturing the shapes and patterns that synchronized swimmers create,” he says. So he determined to emphasise them. Partitions deliberate out the shapes he wished to seize by sketching them upfront, and then labored with former aggressive synchronized swimmer Katrina Ann on choreography. A Sydney-based synchronized swimming workforce then introduced the choreography—and the shapes—to life. Ann and Partitions picked static positions from routines that emphasised type, repetition, and geometric sample and repeated the shot about 10 to fifteen occasions to seize the picture Partitions wished.
Partitions captures the swimmers and their parasols, all wearing coordinating white, as they use their legs, arms, torsos, and pointed toes to create exact shapes. Swimmers that are the other way up with their heads within the water use their above-water legs to type what appears to be like like a dice in 3D area. In one other picture, known as “Staircase” and pictured under, the swimmers float on their backs in a staggered place. The aerial shot captures the road of seven swimmers, touching toe to knee. The arms are crisply prolonged beneath one other swimmer’s leg, creating a recurring sequence that resembles a jacquard weave.
Partitions has a penchant for aerial shots that make order out of issues we usually don’t discover. He cites a quote from the guide The Programs View of Life by Fritjof Capra, that reads, “From the methods perspective, the understanding of life begins with the understanding of patterns.”
You may view the pictures on his website. Restricted version prints are additionally out there for buy by contacting Partitions by way of his web site.