Wild Swim Jim

Recent projects.

A mix of photography and film projects – ranging from outdoor brand work to shooting documentaries and creating short films.
Wild Swim Jim
documentary | a film exploring men's mental health in the endurance swimming world.
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Paramo
brand shoot | adventure photography in the mountains.
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Flashpack
brand shoot | an immersive photography and video assignment in South America.
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Tentbox
brand shoot | promotional video and photography for rooftop tent brand, Tentbox.
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Dirtschool
brand shoot | video and photography project shooting an advertising video for Scotland-based mountain biking school, Dirtschool.
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Pulsar
brand shoot | base layer photography in the highlands.
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Bosigran
short film | a free solo climbing film in cornwall.
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The Wanderlust Women
short film | shooting for a short about outdoor leader, Amira.
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The Winter Frog Whitton
Documentary | filming for a documentary about the first ever winter Frog Whitton.
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Frankie Dewar cycles the UK
Documentary | filming and photographing Frankie Dewar as she cycled 3,000km around the UK.
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Drifting
Short film | a stand up paddleboarding short about lockdown isolation and the outdoors.
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Speedo
short film | short wild swimming film for social media, used by Speedo.
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Uncomfortable
short film | a personal short about mental health and the outdoors
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Kit Collective
non profit | photography and videography for the outdoor non-profit organisation, Kit Collective.
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Dùn Ollaigh
film | shooting a film about the historic Dùn Ollaigh castle in the Scottish Highlands.
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Clink Hostels
Brand video | several projects, across different European cities, creating social media and website content for travel brand Clink Hostels.
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Autumn Highlands
short film | a cinematic short of the beautiful Glen Etive in the Scottish Highlands.
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Not the Safe Route
Brand shoot | Social media video for outdoors wear brand, Not The Safe Route.
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Rocketsmith
music video | "heart full of hollow"
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Mountains of the Mind
short film | a silly lockdown short, born from boredom and an excess of energy.
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Swim, Run, Repeat
short film | a short exploring some beautiful yorkshire wild swimming and trail running.
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Tog 24
brand shoot | photography for outdoor clothing brand, Tog 24.
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Glide for Pride
documentary | a rollerblade and cycling adventure film exploring LGBTQIA+ culture and identity in England.
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The Ice Mile
documentary | an endurance swimming film exploring a year of Ice Mile training.
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Wild Swim Jim

Wild Swim Jim is a documentary film that explores acceptance after injury, men’s mental health, and what it means to be vulnerable as a man in the outdoor endurance swimming world. 

 We go back to the time before Jim found swimming, where he broke his back in a work-related accident. We are taken through Jim’s experiences with addiction to pain medication, his loss of his long-term relationship, and through the reality of recovering from an injury.

Jim finds solace and rehabilitation in endurance swimming, learning to walk again through his swimming, and starting to build a new career as a swim coach in the process.

Outdoor swimming has seen huge growth in the last year, with so many discussions around its positive impact on mental health as well as physical health and recovery. There have been some beautiful and important films created over the last few years exploring this.

But, still now, men’s mental health is a topic that is not often explored in film form, especially in the wild and endurance swimming world. Jim’s openness about the wiggly line that is recovery (because what is recovery?) is something that will resonate, that will hopefully help others in dark places, to feel comfortable with sharing and asking for help – and not just those in the swimming community.

I am co-directing and producing the film alongside talented filmmaker Sam Walker.

The film is expected to be out in Winter 2021.

We are still looking for sponsors and supporters to help this be the best film it can be. 

These are just some of my favourite or more memorable projects. You can see a little more of my photography and videography work, including more personal projects, over on instagram.