Saturday Swimmers Animated Video 2010-2012 © Amy Walsh
Saturday Swimmers Interactive Video Installation 2010-2012 © Amy Walsh
Saturday Swimmers details a group of people swimming at the Forty Foot in Sandy Cove Dublin on a Saturday morning in May. I chose to photograph this spot as swimming at the Forty Foot is a routine activity for many locals with groups of people gathering together to swim there on a daily and/or weekly basis. The act of swimming at this bathing spot at a specific time with specific people has become a ritualistic act for many of the bathers and regulars know who they will meet if they were to go there at a certain time. I shot this work by attaching my camera to a kite and taking a series of still images every second. I used the aerial perspective because the figures in the scenes begin to take on miniature ant-like proportions. The individual is no longer identified as him or herself; rather they become part of the collective group. The video details the ant-like swimmers moving around with social patterns becoming evident as the swimmers interact with one another. The movement of the figures is juxtaposed with the sounds of typing. With every new frame and movement, the sounds of typing is heard which is intended to give the impression that their movement is being controlled.