Deep End: This series of photographs makes use of the water’s capacity to at once de-contextualize the familiar and evoke a fusion of dreamlike memories and sense of childhood regression. The clear, warm water of the swimming pool represents an intersection between the cultural and social pursuit of leisure, the natural element of water and manmade space. The pool provides a place of temporary detachment from life’s everyday routine.
People seem liberated and at once removed from any social reference as they float, dive, sink or swim through the water. Not unlike some production from Cirque du Soleil, these unwitting cast members set the stage for a sort of contemporary choreography; the human body submerged underwater and illuminated by an ever-changing quality of light, provide all the elements for a playful ballet seemingly detached from gravity.
Diving Lesson, Le Roccabella, Monaco
Smuggling an underwater camera into public swimming pools where photography is generally prohibited, for the most part I worked without the knowledge or complicity of my subjects. Whilst surreptitiously maneuvering underwater, I’d often hold my breath until near bursting-point, swimming for position and trying to hide my camera until the moment presented itself.
Homage to Lartigue (after Kertesz), Sardinia
Seeking out public swimming pools predominantly on the Côte D'Azur and elsewhere around the Mediterranean, I was drawn to scenes of the unusual, frequently populated with energetic children less content to wallow on the surface than their more temperate elders. These photographs pay homage to the water’s almost magical qualities and re-establish a link to happy vignettes from my own memory - the blissful abandon of youth and the warm embrace of summertime’s past.
Fall, Asser Levy Pool, New York
Hula Hoops, Monaco
Changing Lanes, Stade Nautique Ranier III, Monaco
Jacuzzi, Monte Carlo Country Club, Monaco
Young Amphitrite, Club Med Gregolimano, Greece
Balancing Act, Monaco
Bookworm, Le Roccabella, Monaco
The Swimmer, Monaco
Jaws, Capo Nero, San Remo, Italy
Lightbox, Stade Nautique Ranier III, Monaco
Float, Le Roccabella, Monaco