TRAVELER IN TWO DIFFERENT WORLDS
The racing swimmer moves partly in and partly out of the water. When his head is turned up for air, he may get a brief glimpse of his rivals and spectators. But most of the time his face is scant inches below the surface of the water; he barely can see and is therefore only dimly aware of the beauty he generates in the two elements. The photographic techniques used to make these pictures provide a unique simultaneous look at both of the competitive swimmer's worlds.
The strong thrust of the crawl swimmer's arms and legs pulls bright strands of bubbling air below the surface
Two racers stretch for the wall at the end of a sprint
July 2, 1961
A quick turn shatters the surface of the pool
His shoulders trailing a mantle of bubbles, the swimmer surges forward
Breaststroker's grace contrasts with distorted images above the water