The Morning Dip

What began as a project photographing Swedes wearing bathrobes, in the small coastal village of Torekov, has evolved into a deeper examination of my own heritage and relationship to a country where I lived as a child and now spend every summer. In Sweden, Torekov is known for it’s local pier, “Morgonbryggan”, so called for the popular tradition of a daily morning dip in the sea. Nearly all locals are avid disciples of this sacred ritual which can be both solitary and social. There are unwritten codes of behavior associated with this activity, including the selection of one’s wardrobe. But more importantly, the bathrobes and the ritual are a continuous link to the past. Through the slow process of working with a large format film camera, I am gaining insight into this community, my native country and my own place within it. This is an ongoing series that began in 2014 and was first exhibited at Fotografiska in Stockholm in 2015. The Morning Dip book was published in 2014, and it is available for purchase internationally. The Morning Dip project has become a part of the community and continues to be exhibited in Torekov, every summer.