Monday, April 2, 2012

CNN iReport Selects Swimmers As Best of The Week!

CNN iReport loves The Secret Life of Swimmers!  It's been selected by editors as best of the week. Thank you CNN!  

And thank you to all the people who have taken the time to personally send me a note. I love reading your stories and it's wonderful to know that these images are reaching swimmers and non swimmers far and wide! 


Monday, January 23, 2012

Esquire Spain Publishes The Secret Life


Saturday, August 6, 2011

No Fish Out of Water- Suzanne Tracht

There are two places celebrity chef Suzanne Tracht feels at home. Her restaurant and the water.   Suzanne has been on the restaurant scene in Los Angeles for nearly twenty years, the last ten on Beverly Blvd., where seven nights a week she cranks out delicious meals for her hungry admirers.  Her restaurant is Jar,  which stands for “just another restaurant.”    Its anything but. 

The life of a chef is a grueling one,  and Suzanne escapes to the pool for many of the reasons we all do. Exercise, sunshine and decompression. I showed up at her restaurant early this morning to take her second portrait. It was overcast and we were both tired, but more importantly, we had to wait for the arrival of our real star—the whole sea bass which was on route to the restaurant from downtown Los Angeles.

While we waited, Suzanne, the consummate hostess, offered coffee and grilled meats. The smells were divine. And sure enough,  as we waited the sun appeared and the fish showed up.

As if on cue, some of her regulars drove by and waved while I took her picture holding the fish.   Suzanne smiled just as naturally as when I took her portrait at the pool. 

Suzanne is no diva chef. In a culture that seems to admire bad behavior, it was a pleasure to meet a real pro who is comfortable being professional  without the antics.  A sign of a true pro.

Suzanne Tracht 

Check out Suzanne's wonderful restaurant:  Jar

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

KTLA Morning News!

Thanks to Jessie Nagel at HYPE PR, I got to wake up at the crack of dawn and do live TV!  Actually, after a year and half of working hard to document my swimmers,  it was nice getting The Secret out and sharing the images.  The morning team was great and loved the project. Thank you KTLA for supporting The Secret Life of Swimmers!

(You can view the interview here)

The Banners Are Up!

Very exciting! The banners are up in downtown Culver City! 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Secret Swim

I made this film for the official Secret Life of Swimmers website.  Be sure to check out the site!

I have to thank Greg Daniels, a fantastic cinematographer, who help me shoot the film.  Here we are rigging up the underwater camera. He's a great guy and good sport for giving up his Sunday to come out and get waterlogged. 

This is the Go Pro HD underwater camera that I used for some of the underwater POV shots. It's super cool and straps to your head!

Coming Friday!

Here's a sneak behind the scenes peek at the banners which are going up on Friday in down town Culver City.  That's the lovely Linda Schwartz in the image I am proofing.  

If you happen to be eating at Tender Greens in downtown Culver City  look up and you will see the swimmers looking down at you. Here's a map.  Of where you can find them. 

This is the schematic that my husband created for the installation (he also made the map). 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Exciting News. Secret Life To Become Public Art Installation!

For the last year, while I have been working on photographing this series, I’ve been in conversation with the Culver City Art Cultural Affairs to turn The Secret Life of Swimmers into a Public Art Installation. After many meetings, I am thrilled to report that the Culver City Council voted unanimously in support of turning The Secret Life of Swimmers into a series of banners that will hang in downtown Culver City this summer through September.
After September, the banners will move to Sepulveda Blvd where they will remain for the next two years.
In addition to the banners, there will also be a website and virtual gallery dedicated to the project. There,  you can read about the swimmers and see a film I made.
The banners will go up in the next ten days, and I will post  the information here when they do.
The Secret Life of Swimmers
In the meantime,  here is a sneak peak of the film for you!