Monday, August 10, 2015

Swimming Galaxies Photo Exhibit By Brazillian Photographer And Roosevelt Island Resident Larissa Nowak Showing Tuesday August 11 At Soho Photo Gallery - Surreal Environment Combines Outer Space And Synchronized Swimming

Brazilian photographer and Roosevelt Island resident Larissa Nowak reports:

I'm a resident of Roosevelt Island and student at NYU School of Professional Studies on Photography. My course project has a very personal theme, developed from sketch to presentation on the walls of a NYC art gallery.

My project is about Synchronized Swimmers having their practice in Space.

I had the collaboration of the Roosevelt Island Sportspark Pool, of synchronized swimmer athletes and orientation from NASA professionals to develop my theme.

The exhibition will be on Tuesday, August 11th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm at Soho Photo Gallery 15 White Street TriBeCa, New York City

The swimmers are members of two Synchronized Swimming teams from New York: Gotham Synchro and Waterworks. I was part of Gotham Synchro during the winter and joined the Waterworks for the summer.

The meaning behind the pictures is a surreal environment. The 12 pictures to be presented at the exhibition were taken at the Roosevelt Island's Sportspark pool and at the Manhattan Plaza Health Club. The Synchro Swimmers appear to be swimming into the galaxies and mass of stars, like they were real creatures that can beautifully swim on space.

The Swimming Galleries Project combine two passions of mine, Synchro Swimming and Space.

I was always fascinated about Space.

I love to observe the sky and to learn about the space. For this project I was lucky to have NASA professionals collaborating with me. I find really impressive that they dedicate their lives to study the mysteries of the universe.

I also have always danced the ballet, since I started as a kid. Looking forward to face new challenges I wanted to learn the water ballet. Then started to photograph my colleagues.

I want people to wonder about the universe, to be interested in space news and interested to learn about the world we live in.

The advice and encouragement of my mentor and teacher at NYU, T. Lawrence Wheatman, for Swimming Galaxies was greatly appreciated.