Moments in Time

Moments in Time


A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away. — Eudora Welty

My friend Rob D is a man of many talents; among them a knack for taking remarkable photographs with relatively low-end equipment (typically, smart-phone cameras). What follows may be a bit self-indulgent; but I thought it worthwhile to collect a sampling of his images (of, um… me) in one place.

One photo in particular, I might even call “iconic.” I can’t remember a picture (of, um… me) that has ever spoken to me so powerfully. From just a few minutes before jump-time for Santa Cruz Island swim last September: scruz_glow Now, going back to the beginning…

2010 – “Freshwater Swimmer” is born

On the shores of Lake Michigan, where it all began. Ohio Street Beach, home of the Big Shoulders 5K. big_shoulders Photo-bombing Chris LaBianco at the USMS 1-mile National Championship in Huntersville, NC:

Note: This picture was featured on the Daily News of Open Water Swimming at some point. Whenever Chris LaBianco wins a race, no matter how trivial, it inevitably appears on the Daily News of Open Water Swimming.

2011 – Catalina Channel

Jumping in to pace swim for Cliff C.

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A week later, my own Catalina swim…

Surveying the situation. 22nd Street Landing, San Pedro.
Surveying the situation. 22nd Street Landing, San Pedro.
Last minute nutrition.
Last minute nutrition.
The darkness.
The darkness.
With Catalina world-record holder Grace van der Byl as pace swimmer, and 10K Olympian Mark Warkentin in the kayak.
With current (but not then) Catalina world-record holder Grace van der Byl as pace swimmer, and 10K Olympian Mark Warkentin in the kayak.

2011 – Visiting Avila Beach

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2012 – Santa Barbara Channel

Observing on a Santa Barbara Channel attempt
Observing on a Santa Barbara Channel attempt
Starting the Semana Nautica 6-mile swim
Starting the Semana Nautica 6-mile swim
Mark and I watch the sun rise over the Channel.
Cathy and I watch the sun rise over the Channel.
Mark and I approach Silver Strand Beach in Oxnard after 19 miles of swimming.

2013

Jumping off the Avila Pier on January 1st.
Jumping off the Avila Pier on January 1st.
Cathy jumps
My kinda girl.

Thanks, Rob, for keeping these moments from running away.


Postscript: Rob posted the following to his Facebook page, regarding this post:

This folks is why you make sure to always take pictures of your friends when they’re doing cool stuff! One of the more valuable things you can do as a crew person on a big swim is to take all the pictures that your swimmer can’t. Not every picture is going to be any good, but if you take enough you may get lucky and snap that one pic that encapsulates the whole feeling of the swim and your friend is going to be able to hang on to that feeling forever through your work.

I couldn’t agree more.

3 Responses to “Moments in Time”

  1. Dan Simonelli

    2013-04-18T07:44:46+00:00

    Great shots.
    I agree that taking photos of such events adds so much to the memories and allows us to really internalize the experience, both for the participant(s) and observer!

    Quick story: I was a fill-in support for a friend’s English Channel swim last year (I was there to support another friend, but the first swimmer’s support person couldn’t make the trip, so I jumped in). He had no alternative plan for photos, but I was able to capture some really cool shots of his epic swim with my iPhone, including the finish on Calais beach! Yes, my iPhone! I wrapped it in two zip lock bags and put in a water proof bag around my waist to swim in and get the shot of his landing (and collecting and stuffing “pebbles” in his suit!).
    It made a huge difference for him and his experience to share with his friends and family!
    I’m glad I did it.

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  2. Sully

    2013-04-19T09:11:17+00:00

    This is awesome. I’ve tried to convince Rob to put together a coffee book or calendar for awhile now. I’ll pay!

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