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Thalassotherapy 2


Thalassotherapy #2, 2021 by Antonina Mamzenko

Limited edition print, hand signed and numbered on the back by the artist. Giclée print, printed on archival quality Hahnemühle fine art paper.

The term ‘thalassotherapy’ (using seawater for health benefits) is a long-lived practice that dates back to the ancient Egyptians. Sea swimming has been linked to stimulating the parasympathetic system which is responsible for rest and repair and can trigger the release of dopamine and serotonin, and reducing levels of cortisol, the ‘stress hormone’. It is sometimes said to be as effective as antidepressants in treating mild depression.

During both summers of the pandemic, with the world – and my own personal life – spinning out of control, I have spent many days driving to the coast with my 10 year old son. Being by the sea and listening to the waves and the wind soothed and grounded us. This image is part of a series of collaborative portraits, exploring the themes of mental health, growing up in an uncertain world, and the human connection with nature.

This photograph was shortlisted for Portrait of Britain 2021.


12×16″ inch unframed print (edition of 8 + 2APs).

16×24″ inch unframed print (edition of 5 + 1AP).

You will receive a signed authenticity certificate with your artwork.

You are purchasing an unframed print; images are for illustrative purposes only.