SWIMMERS KALEIDOSCOPE When I was a kid I couldn’t wait to see Jackie Gleason every Saturday night. One of the most memorable moments of the shows was when the Jackie Gleason dancers would perform and the camera was high above them. It was just like looking through a kaleidoscope. It is no wonder I decided to try to recreate those old memories into modern-day kaleidoscopes. By using swimmers I would be able to move them into more three dimensional formations, showing their backs and positions unattainable when shooting on a solid single plane. The swimmers would be able to roll and dive into a place that only weightlessness would allow. I was living in Austin, TX at the time and learned that Incarnate Word University in San Antonio had won the NCAA national championship in synchronized swimming. After nearly six months from our initial meeting, I found myself shooting from a ten meter diving platform with eight strobes pushing out 6000 watts of light from the edge of the pool. The photos that are out of focus were taken without the strobe lights in order to get the blurred images scattered throughout the kaleidoscope. I would later mix these blurred photos in with the extremely sharp ones to give the final finished 81-image kaleidoscope a three dimensional effect. The individual photos that make up this “Swimmers Kaleidoscope” are available for purchase as well as the 9-piece and 81-piece kaleidoscopes. They are printed on a premium fine art archival paper,as a dye-sublimation on metal, or as a metallic print that is face mounted to acrylic. Our studio can sell to you directly or aim you to one of the galleries representing this work if you reside in their region. We are currently expanding our gallery representation and will keep you current of new additions.