Nat Geo Women

Stoked to find my portrait of the U.S. synchronized swim team in a new book of historic photographs from the National Geographic image collection.

Cover of National Geographic Women Book
Inside spread of National Geographic Women Book

My photo of the synchronized swim team is on the left. Across the page is a similar group portrait of women training to be lifeguards and swim instructors in North Carolina, photographed by J. Baylor Roberts in 1941.

89 feet up and teetering over the deep end, I shot this from the tip of an Indianapolis high-dive back in 2012 for TIME magazine. The olympic coach lay next to me, her head and shoulders dangling overboard, gesticulating instructions to the swim team below.

Original assignment photograph of Olympic team in TIME magazine
David Bowman for TIME

By David Bowman

I grew up in Chicago, studied writing in Madison, traversed the Australian outback via camel, and drifted to the Twin Cities some time thereafter.