The Morning Dip | Peggy Anderson


What began as a project photographing Swedes wearing bathrobes, in the small coastal village of Torekov, has evolved into a deeper examination of my own heritage and relationship to a country where I lived as a child and now spend every summer. In Sweden, Torekov is known for it’s local pier, “Morgonbryggan”, so called for the popular tradition of a daily morning dip in the sea. Nearly all locals are avid disciples of this sacred ritual which can be both solitary and social. There are unwritten codes of behavior associated with this activity, including the selection of one’s wardrobe. But more importantly, the bathrobes and the ritual are a continuous link to the past. Through the slow process of working with a large format film camera, I gained insight into this community, my native country and my own place within it.

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