Photographer Deb Schwedhelm finds a lot of connection between her family and the bodies of water they swim in. As a military family, they are often shifting from place to place, much like the tide. In this water series, "From the Sea," Schwedhelm photographed her three kids and their friends.
Most of the images were shot at Schwedhelm's former home in Tampa, Florida, or while vacationing in Minnesota. Her family has lived in Washington, California, Kansas, Florida and most recently, Japan.
Schwedhelm uses an underwater housing for her camera and uses natural light. She chose to shoot in black and white to enhance the contrast between light and dark.
"When I photograph, part of my camera is below water and part of it is above, and because you can't see in Tampa water, it ends up going black," Schwedhelm said.
One of Schwedhelm's children floats in an inner tube.
The photographer and her family typically relocate every two years, and while her husband is three years from retirement, the idea of living somewhere long-term is causing some anxiety.
In some of the photos the water is almost black, enhancing the unknown.
Schwedhelm said that the series follows a journey. "It starts you in one place, brings you to a place of darkness, or challenges in your life, and ultimately you end up being a survivor and being OK."
"Being in the military system as a spouse, or a family, you kind of lose control. You know, your spouse is deploying and you have to be strong, but there's the unpredictability, the unknown," said Schwedhelm.
In some photos she recreated the effects of the Tampa water by laying down a black tarp in her pool.