Here's a video I filmed and edited over 3 days. The aquatic performers were swimming at the historic Wreck Bar at the B Hotel on Fort Lauderdale beach. I wanted to facilitate the illusion that the swimmers are somewhere deep in the ocean – or deep in the subconscious – so I cropped out the bar as much as possible and went for tight close-ups of the performers.
This swimshow was one of the most enjoyable subjects I've filmed. It was a delight working with rehearsed performers who knew how to position their bodies for the camera, and use their faces and hands to express femininity and allure. I was most impressed with the elaborate detail of the costumes, full of textures that reflected and scattered the light in a myriad of ways.
Water is an incredibly sensuous medium. It physically slows down movement, allowing the eye to see paths of motion that would ordinarily not be visible. A silk flower blooms before your eyes, and each strand of the swimmer's hair seems to be alive. Watching these already lugubrious movements filmed in slow motion is not only fascinating, but relaxing and hypnotic.
My inspiration for this came from videos of Jean-Baptiste Mondino, Bunny Yeager's photography, and a lifetime of watching shampoo commercials on TV.
If you're in the Fort Lauderdale area, I highly recommend checking out the MeduSirena Swim Show at the Wreck Bar. They swim on Friday and Saturday evenings.