Poolside

It’s been a wee while since I got to round to writing on here! Its my fist day sitting here in the beautiful Saorsa Art Gallery in Edinburgh. I finally have all of the pools on the wall and I have to say it feels really good to see them all together. If you are in Edinburgh and fancy popping along I would love to see you. I will be here 12-5 each day until the 15th.

A lot of people have been asking what inspired me to photograph the victorian baths, initially I set out to shoot some water pictures to add to my existing SOOuK collection. I went along to a pool in Edinburgh that I used to swim in as a child – Glenogle swimming baths, I had forgotten how beautiful the building was with it’s high ceilings, changing rooms round the edge of the pool and the pastel colour scheme. It made me think about the other Victorian baths Edinburgh has. I really felt inspired to make the collection of all of Edinburgh’s victorian pools. I loved the idea of the quirky Wes Anderson de saturated pastel colour palette, the symmetry, the tiles, the lines on the bottom of the pool and the “Deep End” signs.  I wanted the little swim girls to add a human element to the architecture.

I keep being asked which pool is my favourite and I genuinely can’t pick a favourite one. Some of them really surprised me, Leith Victoria with that huge window at the end and the beautiful teal changing rooms round the edge of the pool. The sandstone archways at the end of Warrender and the turkish baths in Portobello! I couldn’t believe my eyes. there are so many details I could write about. I do have shots in the series that are my favourites but not a pool. Each one is really unique and special in it’s own way.

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