Wild Swimmers

Wild Swimmers by Nicky Thompson

Wild Swimmers
by Nicky Thompson
© Nicky Thompson

This group portrait made while Thompson was a resident artist at the Dartmoor Summer School of Photography, celebrates the often serendipitous nature of photography; ‘nothing was planned the light, the subjects, the landscape: the image almost made itself’.Thompson’s photograph of a group of fellow participants following an early morning swim in the cold waters of the River Dart was made on her 8 x 10 inch plate camera, and developed in situ. The ambrotype (collodion positive) process, an early Victorian invention, with its relatively long exposure time and process imperfections, creates a timeless image of stillness and intimacy between these women.

British photographer Nicky Thompson gained a BA (Cons) degree in ceramics from Cardiff Institute of Higher Education and an MA in photography from Plymouth University in addition to training in education. She has undertaken residencies at Dartmoor Summer School and tHrIVE, Greenhill Arts, Moretonhampstead, Devon culminating in a community portrait of the town. Her photographs have also been seen in solo and group exhibitions in galleries in Devon.

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