The swim was documented in video by John Hartley. He shot about 2 hours of footage on mini DV and HD using a GoPro. Tim also shot some clips on his iPhone.
I’m now in the process of revisiting the swim via this footage, editing the material to try to balance my experience in the water with John and Tim’s view of the swim from the boat. We each have our own set of interests, our own reasons for being there and looking.
John has expressed an interest in the “Outlandish” nature of the swim, the situation of being offshore, following a line, moving in a direction. He is also interested in the different scales of activity taking place, the small repetitive action of swimming, the catch and pull, the movement of waves and changing light, the shipping traffic, fishing, time, space. Its a very open view. His camera work follows me moving into and out of frame. I appear to be criss crossing the screen as I swim toward and away from the boat.
Tim’s video clips were posted to his twitter account during the swim to provide status updates.
John: ” When you’re swimming you see the bubbles. You see your hands. your arms and you’re thinking about this repetition, these very small scales around you. But then they add up. Something that is very tiny is very big and geographical, a cartographic scale; end to end. There is also a scale of activity. You know, the activity is tiny; catch, pull, recover. But its also enormous. “
Does this man look like he’s been swimming for 11hrs 24mins?!?! Smashing it!! pic.twitter.com/27ZNMVcoGP
— Tim Denyer (@CoachTimSwim) July 18, 2016
Editing now .
Swimming in video