“Still, I freeze as if anticipating the still I am about to become..” - Craig Owens
The images in the series ‘Waterpolo’ are a small selection from a number of sittings Izzy De Wattripont produced with various Water polo teams. Whilst shooting Izzy was thinking a lot about performance. The performative nature of photography, the performance of our gender and identities, as well as thoughts about about how different this performance is when we are confronted with a camera. Are we more inclined to engage or shy away?
This work revolves around interaction, the interplay between the players and the photographer. It was never about the Water Polo itself, but how the players bodies responded to the camera and how they performed having left the safety of the swimming pool.