Thomas Eakins: The Swimming Hole (1884-5)
What first impressions do you have?
Beautiful sunshine, the smell of a sunny day and freshwater, the feel of water on my skin. The warm sun touched my skin. The trees gently rustling in the breeze, the joy of watching young men swim! Joy and laughter
What does it make you think of?
As above, reminds me of Jarnac in France when we spent a day sitting by the river. I paddled and collected stones, the water was crystal clear. I lay on the grass in the warm sun and ate an ice lolly.
What connection can you find with the image?
Summer holidays, photographing people outside in the sun, photographing the body and finding beauty
How could this be a starting point to your own work?
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