#ignt_aquatic Winner Willy Lamers


Every Thursday we announce a certain topic via a hashtag, afterwards you’ll have 4 days to make a photo working with that topic and upload it to your Instagram using the hashtag. Who shot the best image will be featured as our Insta Fav in the following week. This weeks topic is #ignt_selfportrait and here are a few rules and tips:

– Please only submit your own photographs to the project and keep them in a square format. Any image tagged until Sunday 0.00 am MESZ is eligible to be featured right here.
– If you want to submit your photo, use the hashtag #ignt_selfportrait and upload your photo until Sunday the 07.06 on your Instagram account. Have fun and good luck, we can’t wait to see your submissions.

London-based Dutch mobile photographer Willy Lamers aka @wpa won this feature with her submission to our last weeks hashtag #ignt_aquatic. Inspired by the contest, she created a separate account devoted to her swims called @wpa_swims. Thank you for all your submissions.

Follow: @wpa_swims

When and where did you take the picture? Tell us a little about the idea behind it.

I spent six days in Berlin in February and was looking for a pool to go for a swim when I realised it had many historically and architecturally interesting pools. So I ended up swimming in a different pool each day. I guess it was my take on the tourist and the mirror selfie ;) This one I took in my favourite building of all – Stadtbad Mitte, a beautiful light and sunny 1920/30s pool.

I still go swimming when I’m away from home but finding a suitable mirror is challenging! But I find pools fascinating anyway and the #ignt_aquatic topic inspired me to set up a separate account devoted to my swims.

Where are you from? How does that place influence the way you photograph?

I’m Dutch but live in London after I moved to the UK to study in 2004. I look for graphic elements in my surroundings, geometric shapes and uncluttered backgrounds and find myself shooting a lot while I’m out of the city actually and traveling, cycling, or walking in deserted areas. I like the contrast. Sometimes there’s a subject or moment I try to capture, sometimes it’s just a graphic/abstract landscape.

Who and what are the things that inspire you? 

Conceptual art, graphic design, tourism, consumerism, nature, empty places, the unexpected… and water! I love the work of Luigi Ghirri who was a great Italian artist and photographer but there are many others, for example the french street artist OX.  

Your favorite Instagrammers?

Many! Who I follow on (on @wpa) I find interesting so have a look! But to name a few: the work of @stuffcarlsees, the colourful crops of @thisisnow_here, the sunny shots of @george_byrne, the series of @i_c_i, the feed and words of @tomskipp and the daily dutch skies of @carelwillink.

Which Apps do you use to edit your pictures?

Just vscocam 99% of the time – I did cheat a little with this one though ;). I read from previous Insta Favs here on the blog about SKRWT. Think I need that! 

Tell us a little about your everyday. (Family, friends, work, etc.)

I currently work full-time as a Graphic Designer and work often from home or I meet my work mates at a cafe or we find a random desk somewhere, it’s quite flexible. I get some small photography jobs on the side and otherwise the photography is mostly personal work. I often break up the working day with a swim at the lido around lunchtime as I don’t like sitting down all day and not getting out, plus swimming is great for the mind and often get ideas while in the water.

Apart from that I like to have a drink or food with friends, go to see a film, visit expos and events, and just sitting in the sunshine in the back garden is also a favourite. Or I visit family and friends back in the Netherlands or travel somewhere else to get away from London. I’m lucky to be able to work from anywhere really so I should plan where to go for my next swim!

All images © Willy Lamers

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