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«Swimming Pool» is the most extensive photo-series of Maria Svarbova, photographer from Slovakia. Shooting of the project began in 2014, and since then the collection is constantly updated with new pictures. Techniques that are used by the author in postprocessing, such as framing to a square format, and integrating an author's color scheme, that reminds somehow the filters of modern mobile applications, made her work recognizable in the Internet space, and, in particular, in the Instagram application, the interface of which consists of a square grid of images where these futuristic pictures match perfectly.
«Swimming Pool» is Maria's largest series yet, originating in 2014 and continuing to develop to date. Sparked by a hunt for interesting location, her fascination with the space of public swimming pools contributed to developing her 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.
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. The artificial detachment, created by Maria's visual vision, allows unique visual pleasure, unattainable in real life.