© Eva Watkins, Synchronised Swimming, 2020

Eva Watkins (born 1998) is an analogue portrait photographer based in Wales. Her series Synchronised Swimming depicts, as the title suggests, a group of synchronised swimmers that was Initially established to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Henleaze Swimming Club in Bristol. After the group’s formation, the members bonded with each other and formed friendships. 

© Eva Watkins, Synchronised Swimming, 2020
© Eva Watkins, Synchronised Swimming, 2020

Watkins always draws inspiration for her practice from working collaboratively with her subjects, who are usually groups of people from different communities with unique approaches to life. After meeting with each member of the synchronised swimming group individually, she was keen to immerse herself in the group to gain a fuller picture of the dynamics. Synchronised Swimming includes a mix of group and single portraits. Whereas the collective shots convey the warmth, positivity and affection that permeate the group, the solo portraits emphasise the importance of each individual, giving their personality the opportunity to shine through. The portraits are taken against the natural backdrop of Henleaze Lake, which is crucial to Watkins to invoke the positive effects of spending time in natural waters on mental and physical wellbeing.  

Eva Watkins completed a BA in photography at the University of the West of England. 

© Eva Watkins, Synchronised Swimming, 2020
© Eva Watkins, Synchronised Swimming, 2020
© Eva Watkins, Synchronised Swimming, 2020
© Eva Watkins, Synchronised Swimming, 2020
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