Monday, December 15, 2014

from Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton


Water is elemental, it's what we're made of, what we can't live within or without. Trying to define what swimming means to me is like looking at a shell sitting in a few feet of clear, still water. There it is, in sharp focus, but once I reach for it, breaking the surface, the ripples refract the shell. It becomes five shells, twenty- five shells, some smaller, some larger, and I blindly feel for what I saw perfectly before trying to grasp it.

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