East London Swimmers comprises more than 50 colour photographs of swimmers dressed for normal life and in their swimming gear. The images, all taken at the London Fields Lido, are combined with telling personal quotes and together they reveal the secret life of Hackney swimmers who brave all conditions to escape city life.
“I got into swimming after getting caught up in the tsunami in Thailand. I was on a family holiday when the wave came in and I managed to grab my son from his pram. When I returned home I had a fear of open water so I entered a race and my passion for swimming was born. Last year I swam from Spain to Morocco. Next I’m swimming from Robben Island to Cape Town”
Originally from Australia, Madeleine has been living in London since 1987.
After completing a photo-journalism course at the London College of Printing, Madeleine started her photographic career working for newspapers and magazines on a broad range of assignments from reportage to features. Madeleine has chosen to concentrate mainly on portraiture developing her own photographic identity particularly working on sets of portraits. She is currently freelancing as well as working on various personal projects.
Hoxton Mini Press publishes collectable books about East London.