In the Swimming Pool A photography project by Maria Svarbova

Taking an interest in Socialist era architecture and public spaces, Slovakian photographer Maria Svarbova’s fascination with the space of public swimming pools contributed to developing her own visual style.

Sterile, geometric beauty of old pools set the tone for these photographs. Each of them pictures a different pool, usually built in the Socialist Era, in various locations in Slovakia. There is almost cinematographic quality to the highly controlled sceneries that Maria captures.

“My photographs are a succession of short scenes in which the frontality and absence of contrasts remove any narrative dimension.”

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 colours 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.

There is no disturbing emotion, there is no individuality in their stillness.

– Discover more of Maria’s work here: Maria Svarbova

Monthly Photo Contest

Fine art color photograph of a train
© F.Dilek Uyar

2021 Color AWARD Deadline: 30 June 2021

“Color! - What a deep and mysterious language,
the language of dreams.”
– Paul Gauguin

Cool or warm, soft or vivid, how can subtle shades of colors affect mood and our perception of a scene? - In June we invite all photographers driven by their artistic eye and passion for color to join the award and celebrate with us the beauty and diversity of color photography.

Portrait, landscape, fashion, street, documentary, fine art, or any other form of photography - classic or experimental: we’re open to all genres and want to see YOUR colors!


1st Prize: $1000 · 2nd Prize: $600 · 3rd Prize: $400

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