A few weeks ago I was commissioned to document Anne Macmillan‘s current project: Little Lakes. There are nineteen separate bodies of water in the boundaries of HRM called ‘Little Lake’ and one ‘Lake Little’. Her ambitious and adventurous plan was to visit each lake and swim the perimeter with a GPS tracker on her goggles and use that data to create her own maps of her swim’s paths. This project is a part of the Fieldwork artist residency series being (tirelessly) coordinated by Wes Johnston.
I had met Annie a couple of times prior but it was in the woods where we got to know each other. I accompanied Annie on two excursions – the first was a breeze and the second was the second most challenging hike of my little life. Despite the extreme heat, the bugs, the terrain and the fact that we maaaaybe might be lost – I was witness to her dedicated work ethic, humble confidence and steady approach to this project. Annie is a highly intelligent artist with a well-developed and thoughtful practice. She is also the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship (!) and will be attending MIT in the fall to pursue graduate studies in Art, Culture and Technology.
Check out this feature on Visual Arts News that features some of my photos alongside an excellent podcast made by my friend Veronica Simmonds. Listen to the podcast as you slowly scroll through the photos below. If you are interested in meeting Annie and learning more about her process/project, come to her Public Swim (happening TODAY)!
And here is a one minute video of our excursions I put together with a song we listened to in the car on the way there.
GO ANNIE GO!