Burnout, stress and social stratification lead society to seek what Dr Wallace J Nichols calls the ‘Blue Mind’, whereby when near, on, or under water our brains subtly change to incorporate a state of drifting. The project ‘Drift State’ is a product of mental health through burnout, documenting the connection between society and water. It is a collaboration between wild swimmers who, each morning at dawn, connect with the sea. The black, grey and white matter of our brains react subtly to a water environment. By overexposing and using long exposure times, the tonal range of this project allows the viewer a visceral attachment to the subtle changes of the ‘Drift State’.
Archie Archibald • Steve Bell • Laurie Broughton • Alex Campbell Reeves • Tom Cronin • Teifi Davies • Nate Davies • Connor Doran • Alice Durham • James Ellaway • Malachi Francis • Ross Gardner • Billy Hanson • David Harrhy • Curtis Hughes • Sam Hunter • Tracy Jones • Lydia Kallaste • Katie Sainsbury • Luke Sumner • Marta Wawrzycka •