Los Angeles-based director and photographer Judy Starkman has been a swimmer all of her life, a passion that helps her escape the high-pressure world of commercial directing and advertising. It was during one of her hour-long swims at the Culver City Plunge pool that she developed the idea for a unique public arts project now on display as large-scale banners along Culver Blvd. Those images, along with a video directed by Starkman, also live in a “virtual” gallery online at www.thesecretlifeofswimmers.com. A viral promo short film that can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/secretswimmers.
“The Secret Life of Swimmers” illuminates a story Starkman knows well–that every die-hard swimmer has a life outside the pool. And that swimming is the great equalizer. Each character in “The Secret Life” is seen in the regalia of his or her everyday life and, in an identical pose poolside, baring all. Or nearly all.
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