Everyone has a talent and that of the Scottish photographer Soo Burnell is to capture the beauty of places like the English swimming pools of retro style, but still in use today. This is how the photographic series “Poolside” was born, a collection of shots taken on board some of the most beautiful swimming pools in Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Glasgow, Paris.
Soo’s intention was to photograph the pools to highlight their architecture, the geometric games created by the tiles, the blue lines on the bottom of the pool, the warning signs. The atmosphere that the shots of Poolside restore seems to be that of Wes Anderson’s films, clean, calm, perfect and dreamlike. This parallelism with the style of the American filmmaker is made even more immediate by the pastel colors that dominate these pools.
Do not underestimate the presence of man, who gives the photos a more true, but always suspended, appearance, as if the swimmers were living in a dream, in a place out of time and space.
Of course, the ultimate goal of Soo is to bring people’s interest back to these architectural masterpieces:
“We are so lucky to have these beautiful pools still in use in our city and maybe the photographs will remind people how lovely they are.”