In the Deep End.
Photographs by Damion Berger.
Schilt Publishing, 2010. 96 pp., 50 duotone illustrations, 9½x12½".
Signed copies available!
With his In The Deep End series, Damion Berger makes use of
photography’s ability to de-contextualize the familiar and create
visual narratives, evoking a fusion of dreamlike memories and sense
of childhood regression. The clear, warm water of the swimming pool
represents an intersection between the cultural and social pursuit of
leisure, the natural element of water, and man-made space. The pool
provides a place of temporary detachment from life’s everyday
routine, people seem liberated and at once removed from any social
reference as they float, dive, sink or swim through the water.
Smuggling a camera into public pools where photography is of
course prohibited, Berger was able to work without the knowledge or
complicity of his subjects as he attempted to produce photographs
that simultaneously rekindle memories of childhood and the joys of
summer times past. Berger also wanted to subvert certain waterborne
fears that often stem from childhood. Since seeing the film
Jaws for the first time, the potential presence of a shark below the
surface, no matter how irrational the possibility, such as in a
swimming pool, has become a powerful phobia. Placing a small
rubber toy shark close to the lens and altering one’s perception of
reality and scale, the indelible silhouette of the large dorsal fin angled
towards an unsuspecting swimmer is enough to evoke dread and
anxiety in us all.
In The Deep End is an intriguing mix of wonderful, artistic, but also
fascinating photography, that leaves the viewer in a state of pleasant
About the Limited Edition
Numbered and signed silver gelatin
print in numbered and signed book,
Edition of 50 copies.