In June 2014 MiniClick published 5 photo publications including ‘I Dare the Wave, A Life to Save’ which showcases a collection of photographs by me based around one of the more eccentric members of Brighton swimming club: Dave Sawyers. Originally they just wanted to publish a set of pictures of Brighton Swimming Club. The Club is the oldest swimming club in the world with continuous membership and which I’ve been documenting since 2003. Early during their edit MiniClick realised that there was such a wealth of images that it was going to be tricky to edit it down so they decided to focus on one club member in particular.
You can purchase a copy of I Dare the Wave, A Life to Save here in MiniClicks online shop, you can also watch a video of me talking about the project below.
Dave Sawyers is an incredible character, he has arthritis which makes it difficult to walk but as soon as he is in the water he has complete freedom of movement. He also bought swishing to club which is the act of fishing while swimming, sometimes during a 45 minute swim he can catch up to 20 mackerel / horse mackerel. My publication includes images that have never been published on or offline before. It also includes photos, banners, posters and other items from Brighton Swimming Club’s historical archive that were recently digitized by the Floating Memories Project.
The four other publications from the series are:
- The Prospect of Forest Preservation by Jack Latham (See a video of Jack talking about his project)
- Brouard Seeing the Unseen Scene by Jean-Luc (See a video of Jean talking about their project)
- If You Had Been Here by Kristina Sälgvik (See a video of Kristina talking about her project)
- Fabric of India by Ondra Loup (See a video of Ondra talking about his project)
The MiniClick publications are roughly 30cm by 20cm and are printed on uncoated paper. They have a very limited first print run of just 50 with half of those being held back for book fair sales. So there are only 20 available in MiniClick’s online shop once there gone you will have to hunt a copy down physically or by the complete set of all five books.
I’ve often wondered how you guys that swim in those freezing seas and don’t become suddenly ill due to the temperature? I guess it’s quite addictive due to the length you’ve been pursuing it. My favourite image from the video is of the guy catching the fish. I had to rewind the vid to see if really was a fish.
They are indeed fishing. You can see those photos in my Flickr stream. Click on the images below to see them larger.