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 50 Close Knit Meet the weavers keeping traditional Egyptian tapestrymaking alive. Arts & Culture Issue 50 The Old Gays Inside a Californian TikTok “content house” of a very different stripe. Arts & Culture Issue 50 New Roots The Palestinian art and agriculture collective sowing seeds of community. Arts & Culture Issue 50 Angela Trimbur An all-out tour de force. Arts & Culture Issue 50 Peace & Quiet In the UK, a centuries-old Quaker meeting house encourages quiet reflection. Arts & Culture Issue 50 Free Wheelers On the road with London’s Velociposse Cycling Club.