Commissioned site-specific work, 2021
Featuring Rachel and Brianna Holmes, Santa Clara Aquamaid Artistic Swimming Club
By Liz Corman
From the age of seven, Rachel and Brianna Holmes have spent most of their lives with the Santa Clara Aquamaid Artistic Swimming Club, where daily they pursue excellence in their chosen sport. Now seventeen years old, they are starting their senior year in high school. Aside from the many hours spent daily in training, Rachel and Brianna have found time to work on the Gold Award in the Girl Scouts of America, participate in local theater, and involve themselves in community affairs and school clubs. Brianna Holmes is currently serving as an athlete’s representative for USA Artistic Swimming. Both young women have participated in committees and in webinaires promoting diversity in the sport of artistic swimming.
For more than a decade, artistic swimming has been the central focus of Liz Corman’s photography. Throughout her adolescence, the sport provided a creative outlet by way of choreography, music editing, and costume design. As an undergraduate student-athlete, Liz took her first photography classes at a time when her competitive artistic swimming career was coming to an end. She found that her passion and knowledge of the sport translated to photography in unexpected and beautiful ways. Her belief is that photography and artistic swimming share the commonality that they are at their best when there are equal parts technique and artistry.