Emma Hartvig’s series The Swimmers is the result of a meeting between the photographer and The Aqualillies–a water ballet troupe–earlier this year in Hollywood. TwitterFacebookPinterest This story is from Kinfolk Issue Twenty-Six Buy Now Though inspired by Esther Williams and the glamour of Los Angeles pool culture, Hartvig says her overall aim with the series was “to show how serious, hardworking and strong these swimmers are.” “Their bodies are engrossed and strengthened, heavier and lighter at the same time,” says Hartvig. “I love the ‘behind-the-scenes’ of that whole world.” Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 19 Going Incognito We all secretly wonder what mischief we’d make if invisible: When our identity is hidden, everything seems possible. Arts & Culture Issue 19 The Best Policy Sometimes we talk to each other without feeling heard. Honesty—a most intimate interaction—can be just as thrilling as its more devious inverse. Arts & Culture Issue 19 A Sense of Suspense With unhinged imaginations and mountains of cliff-hangers, the filmmakers behind the sci-fi podcast Limetown have all the makings of a scary story. Arts & Culture Issue 19 Like Clockwork In this new column about time, we learn how slipping off our watches makes us feel like deadline-damning renegades. Arts & Culture Music Issue 19 On a Grander Scale Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna now may live on the opposite side of the globe, but she’s determined to evolve while staying true to her roots. Arts & Culture Issue 19 Neighborhood: Fire Stations The firefighting profession has evolved over time from Ancient Rome’s rudimentary bucket brigades to today’s sleek life-saving departments.