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© Mathieu Asselin
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UploadedJanuary 30, 2008
TakenJanuary 1, 2008
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D200
Exposure1/125 sec at f/18
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length28 mm
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On each Sunday between November and March, about a hundred people from all stages of life gather on New York’s Coney Island Boardwalk. They chat, they joke, and then they undress. At one o’clock sharp, somebody blows into a conch shell. This is the signal for the Coney Island Polar Bears to run down the beach and throw themselves into the Atlantic Ocean, no matter whether there is brisk sunshine, snow, a drizzle, or a blizzard. Some stay for a minute, others stay for longer. Some only dip, others swim. When the spectacle ends, perhaps half an hour later, the people’s skin is pink, but the spirits of the swimmers have risen high. High enough that they will be back in another week.

In the Winterswimmers portraits photo essay.

4 responses

  • Jan Hoffman

    Jan Hoffman gave props (29 Jan 2008):

    Excellent in this series -- well done -- the hat defines him

  • Paul Jones

    Paul Jones gave props (31 Jan 2008):

    Good stuff, would liked to see more portraits of different swimmers.

  • Sophia Germer

    Sophia Germer (Deleted) gave props (10 Aug 2009):

    great portrait! really love it. I love the other beach people as well!

  • Adam Rose

    Adam Rose said (19 Oct 2009):

    What a series...I want more!

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