Anyone who knows me well knows that swimming pools are my favourite places to hang out, but that I don’t actually like being in the water, more just looking at it. Joan Didion writes that swimming pools are “infinitely soothing to the eye,” and these striking set of images by photojournalist Marieke van der Velden definitely confirm Didion’s statement. It’s a photography series that is continually growing, a kind of visual travel diary of Marieke’s, who takes photographs of all the interesting pools that she visits whilst on assignments that take her all around the world.
What is so incredible about the photographs is that, even though they document the same thing every time, each pool is so varied and says so much about the different cities or countries that Marieke finds herself in. The accompanying captions are wonderfully insightful, and help to bring the intriguing stories hidden in each of the pools’ depths to the surface.
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