Photography exhibition puts synchro swimmers in focus

September 29 2020

Photography exhibition puts synchro swimmers in focus

Room 212 has used Lockdown productively to have a clear out and create a new gallery space on Gloucester Road. This gives an opportunity to explore different themes and showcase guest artists.
Eva Watkins has just graduated from the University of the West of England achieving a First Class BA(Hons) in Photography. She specialises in analogue portrait and documentary photography, seeking to demonstrate the relationship between her subject and their surroundings. Her main inspiration has come from groups of people who pursue a more different approach to life, working collaboratively with them, and building a relationship.
Her work in the UWE graduation show at Alchemy 198 really stood out to owner Sarah Thorp, so when she saw that Eva had won an award for her recent photo series of Bristol synchronised swimmers https://shutterhub.org.uk/announcement-the-newspaper-club-yearbook-2020-award-winner she invited her to show the images in a one off exhibition at Room 212, from October 10 - 23. Sarah knows members of the swimming group at Henleaze Lake so she believes the exhibition will be a fun and inspiring show for the community. The photos will be shown as large format A1.
The unique synchronised swimming group initially formed to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of Henleaze Swimming Lake, Bristol. Consisting of 80 people aged between 11-76, and of mixed genders, who were once strangers.
Over time this group has created a space where strong friendships have formed, enabling them to share significant life moments with one another.
The team had plans to perform at Cheltenham Lido March 2020 after their very successful performance at Henleaze Lake. Due to Covid-19, they were unable to continue with the event plans. The team is still determined to perform when times are different.