Wyatt, 2012 by Daniel Arnaldi

image of Wyatt 2012 by Daniel Arnaldi

Artist's statement

Wyatt Song decided to set himself the challenge of swimming the English Channel. His training sessions included sitting in cold water to acclimatise to the conditions in the channel. This portrait was taken while he was still training for the swim. The temperature of the water was 12 degrees and, within a few minutes, Wyatt’s whole body was shaking from the cold. ‘I think this counts as a training session’, he said. Wyatt went on to successfully cross the channel, making him the first Chinese Australian to do so.