Instead of showing the women in the midst of competition, Kirchner chooses to photograph them immediately following a game. Stripped of their uniforms and other gear (except for the water polo players, who wear their swimming caps), they are shot from the shoulders up, straight-on, against monochromatic backgrounds. Their hair is mussed or pulled back tightly, their faces flushed by recent exertion. The eyes of the water polo players are bloodshot from the pool’s chlorine and droplets of water cover their skin. All of these athletes stare directly into the camera’s lens and, by extension, out at viewers, as if to steadily meet—and stop short—any questioning gazes.