Suzanne Tylander © 2012

Suzanne Tylander © 2012

Some photos truly capture the essence of what it’s like to be human. The above was taken by photographer Suzanne Tylander Thursday, April 26, 2012 at the 2012 CCCA Swimming and Diving State Championships at East Los Angeles College Swim Stadium. The diver pictured was expected to win the entire event, but he knew the moment he hit the water that his form was off. He spent a brief moment at the bottom of the pool grieving what he’d lost.

Tylander writes:

“I captured the sequence of emotion just a split second after he hit the water and began to sink to the bottom with a sense of defeat written in his body language This was the image I chose from the series. I have felt this emotion and disappointment before as many athletes do. My chance to capture it underwater was rare but beautiful. It is a moment no competitive athlete wants to relive but something important that many of us can relate to. It is raw and human and real.”

We’re not all star athletes, but if we’ve ever had expectations put on us, even in a small way, and we screw it up, there is just this feeling that comes over us. It washes us away from the shore of ourselves. It skins us and exposes us as fallible, as another human with a lost dream of being something bigger, stronger than that.