Makarska Swimmers

One of my all-time favorite images is this one I had made on a beautiful summer day in Croatia. I was walking around the tiny port town of Makarska when I came across a local swim team getting ready to do their daily practice laps in the Adriatic Sea. As I got closer to the group, no one took notice except for their (rather loud) instructor who was belting out commands to the group of young swimmers.

I am often drawn by ordinary life scenes in unfamiliar places, and wanted to make an image that told a story about life in this small town. As I framed the shot with the backdrop of the port behind the swimmers, I hoped for that moment when the entire group lined up exactly the way I wanted them.

F/16 @ 1/80s, 50mm at ISO 100