Water: a summer special

In a specially commissioned series, renowned photographers and writers from around the world meditate on our relationship with water. They capture our stolen moments of leisure, document the seascape of loss and probe our universal fear of what lies beneath

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“I must go down to the seas again…” Or the pond. Or the river. Or, failing all else, the local swimming centre. When the summer heat rolls around, people everywhere hear the same call as John Masefield once did – and head en masse for the nearest body of water.

In this special series, renowned photographers and writers from around the world meditate on our relationship with the element. They capture our stolen moments of leisure, document the seascape of loss and probe our universal fear of what lies beneath.

Water is the most mischievous of forces and, yet, it calls us back summer after summer. Down to the seas we go. Again. And again.

Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2017. All rights reserved.
Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2017. All rights reserved.

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Photographer Rose Marie Cromwell on ‘a place that conjures the raw intensity of being alive’

Raymond Meeks captures an annual ritual as American teens leap into a woodland pool

‘Every year, I was aware of a slight sense of longing’

The photographer marks 80 years of an eccentric institution, Britain’s largest saltwater pool

The Italian artist’s photographs of the waves at the Vaschine, Livorno

‘Living by the sea is wonderful - until its glittering blue promise is broken by grey, windswept reality’

‘There is something about the landscape — the bright blue water and smell of pines — that feels like home’

‘The elemental touchstones of fire and water are now in politically induced disarray’

‘The tigers here eat people and the moon appears in the water like a slice of crystal’