Article originally published on March 24, 2020
Swimming Pool is a design book photographed by Maria Svarbora, being her largest and continuing series. Best Design Books elected this as the book of the week. Join us and discover why!
Born in 1988, the Slovakian photographer Maria Svarbova originally studied conservation-restoration and archeology before dedicating herself to photography in 2010. Maria’s distinctive style departs from traditional portraiture and focuses on experimentation with space, color, and atmosphere.
Sparked by a hunt for interesting locations in Slovakia, her fascination with the space of public swimming pools contributed to developing her visual style. Sterile, geometric beauty of old pools, usually built in the Socialist Era, set the tone for these photographs.
There is almost a theatrical quality to the highly controlled sceneries that Maria captures. The figures are mid-movement, but there is no joyful playfulness to them.
Frozen in the composition, the swimmers are as smooth and cold as the pools tiles. The colors softly vibrate in a dream-like atmosphere. Despite the retro setting, the pictures somehow evoke a futuristic feeling as well, as if they were taken somewhere completely alien.
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