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Soo Burnell : Poolside

Although the summer is coming to an end, the Scottish photographer Soo Burnell extends the summer period with its "Poolside" series, an ode to the historic European pools. A collection of photographs that pays tribute to the marked geometry and spectacular proportions of these sports buildings.

Elegant swimmers, as if coming from another time, posing in an equally fantastical setting: this is the description of the photographic compositions of Soo Brunell. Through a cinematographic aesthetic, halfway between Baz Luhrman and Wes Anderson, the artist captures the graphic architectural designs with pastel tones of the large pools of the United Kingdom and France, such as Molitor (16th arrondissement) or Western Baths of Glasgow (Scotland).

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The series begins with the desire to photograph the pools in Brunell's hometown and to extract them from the contemporary period in which they are now part. Since then, the artist has added to his series similar buildings located in London, Manchester, Glasgow and Paris, embellishing human silhouettes dressed in plain swimsuits and vintage hats. Protagonists who also make it possible to give an account of the scale of these sports buildings.

"We are very fortunate to be able to use these beautiful pools in our city and perhaps the photographs will remind people how beautiful they are. " Soo Brunell, photographer

If "Poolside" can rediscover the exceptional pools that populate these cities - and which still host many swimmers - the series also acts as a machine to go back in time, a retro bubble. "Many people who see my work have stories about swimming pools, whether to learn to swim or just for beautiful childhood memories," says the artist.

A beautiful tribute to the charm of yesteryear of these spaces of exception.

To learn more, visit the site of Soo Burnell

Photographs: Soo Burnell

Zoe Térouinard

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