SEA BATHERS: Reflections and Responses

For many people living along the south-east coast, sea bathing is part of their summer experience. This event was organised by SEAS Photography to coincide with the start of the 2015 sea swimming season. The event sought to consider how sea swimming contributes to the culture, economy and health of the region. 

SEA BATHERS: Reflections and Responses offered an exciting day of events which specifically reflected and responded to sea swimming. The event included a presentation by sea swimmer and cultural historian Susie Parr and also artist talks and presentations by filmmaker Emma Critchley and SEAS’ Director Karen Shepherdson. Dom Bridges was also in attendance, demonstrating the prototype of the much acclaimed contemporary Margate Sea Bathing Machine.

The event took place at Turner Contemporary. Following a morning of talks the event moved to Walpole Bay Tidal Pool, Cliftonville where Rob Ball’s tintype itinerant portrait studio  was located along with a Camera Obscura which was freely open to the public.