Deb Schwedhelm


In this series, I am exploring a sense of place and belonging. Being in the military system, my family often lives in a world of uncertainty. Untethered, without an anchor. The sea acts as an allegory of our lives, shifting and moving with the tides -- forcing us to tread, swim and stay afloat through the changes. While I am photographing my children and friends, I am also photographing myself, moving in and out of focus, allowing the liquid world to illustrate my journey.

The photographs in this series were made in the waters of Florida and Minnesota between 2012 and 2014. I plan to continue the project throughout my travels, while living in Japan. The photographs were captured digitally using a Nikon camera and underwater housing. My prints are produced on museum quality fine art paper and are limited to editions of fifteen.