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When the temperature climbs, M. K. Simqu heads for the swimming pools and lakes around Dallas, or anywhere people are trying to escape the heat. What intrigues her about watching people in water is the ambiguity—how water can be supportive and frightening, how it can make people seem almost embryonic. Using a camera manufactured in Hong Kong and marketed as a toy, she has captured the quality of what it is to be hot in summer.