I’ve had a fascination with swans since being read “The Ugly Duckling” as a child. For me, swans have represented a journey to finding your identity and place in the world, especially as a member of the LGBT+ community. Childhood can be a time of feeling on the outside, but soon you realize the qualities that make you different can be what make you evolve into a beautiful swan.
I found this swan shaking off in the Thames while searching for a snack in July. I love the grace and strength displayed in this picture. I shot this photo using a Nikon N75 film camera loaded with 35mm film. I enjoy shooting wildlife on film since there is an unpredictability factor. You are not able to see the photo again until it is developed and often times by the time I get the film back, I’ve forgotten what pictures I’ve taken. This picture took me by surprise and I feel like I snapped an intimate glimpse into this swan’s world. I hope you enjoy 🙂
- Camera: SP-3000
Location: Chiswick Mall near Chiswick Lane South
Date Taken: 2023-07-20
Camera: Nikon N75
Age Group: over_16
Professional Photographer? no