Swimming Studies

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Leanne Shapton, who trained for the Olympic swimming trials when she was a teenager, talks about what draws her to swimming—in pools and on beaches across the world. Swimming Studies explores what it's like to move from a world of competition and discipline to one of recreation and introspection.


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Comments [4]

Maude from Park Slope

Love Leanne's art, and have a copy of this book--it's gorgeously produced and beautifully illustrated. I love the cover, especially.

I'm a painter and was a competitive synchronized swimmer in high school. Leanne describes the sensations of swimming in a way I have never read before. I very much appreciate her work.

Jul. 10 2012 01:23 PM

leanne i'm really digging what i've seen of your work so far! saw the excerpt in harper's and loved it, now i've GOT to buy your book. as a former swimmer all through childhood I will say that you're making me nostalgic for every aspect of it in a way I haven't been in a long time. very very spot on, you're speaking my mind in a number of ways.

and then also to discover that you've had a hand in publishing mike slack's photos- he's a friend of a friend and he's great. double awesome.

Jul. 10 2012 01:19 PM
Sandra from NYC

I love swimming: in oceans, lakes, rivers, pools...whatever.
I'm a Cancer, a Water Sign.
What sign is Leanne? Just curious! : )

Jul. 10 2012 01:12 PM

I was a competitive swimmer for years, competed on Division 1 level. Trained up to 10 miles/day.
When I finished I never looked back. Took up other sports. I can't stand the smell of chlorine. I rarely swim laps. I think I have some kind of swimmer PTSD. I can relate to what Phelps went through after the Olympics were over.
Yet I love the water- ocean & lakes. The beach. All the chlorine & psycho coaches didn't destroy that.

Jul. 10 2012 01:06 PM

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