My focus is to find out what motivates people to swim in freezing cold water all year round. Mainly because I love it too and I realised, through doing it, that I was meeting some extraordinary people along the way, all with amazing stories
Holding the mic at our March event, Anna Deacon introduced us to the world of wild swimming through her stunning photography, and inspiring stories.
About the speaker
Swimming for a reason
Anna is a photographer who also swims year round in cold, open water.
On this month’s topic of water Anna will talk about her creative journey, the challenges she has faced and how water has been a game changer.
She started a personal project in September last year photographing the wild swimmers she was meeting around Scotland, swimming with them, and hearing their amazing stories. Her photographs, together with their stories of healing through cold water swimming and the benefit to their mental, physical and emotional health, have been inspirational to many.
Anna’s talk will encourage you to challenge yourself creatively, go with your heart, dare to walk a different path and maybe try something new.
Anna spent more than a decade working in the music business going from tea girl to running her own successful agency in Soho, she later changed direction after having a family, and started working as a full-time photographer and has spent the last 10 years photographing brands, events, and portraits.
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It's not for everybody going swimming in the sea or in any cold water but it's about doing something that challenges you and doing something that is out of your comfort zone — Anna Deacon
Edinburgh is amazing, you don't have to plan a great long holiday, you can have micro-adventures right here — Anna Deacon
When I am in the water I feel safe, like my joints start to loosen I feel light and I don't feel pain anymore — Anna Deacon
For me getting into the water is a mindful practice — Anna Deacon
I found that people were coming to the water for healing — Anna Deacon