Slovakian photographer Maria Svarbova created a series of images depicting various scenes in a swimming pool with a surreal touch.
Maria Svarbova continues to grow her ongoing photo series, which she began in 2014. The artist has developed a distinct, visual approach to photographing the swimming pool environment. She is fascinated by the sterile, geometric aesthetic of old swimming pools, especially those built during the Socialist Era in her native country of Slovakia. Each scene she photographs is highly controlled, from the subjects of her works to the bright colors and dramatic shadows that compose each shot.
The subjects relay this message, frozen in a moment while performing an action that is usually quite active. They become a part of their surroundings — highly controlled and lacking any sense of each figures’ individual personalities or emotions. “The figures are mid-movement, but there is no joyful playfulness to them,” says Sarbova’s artist statement about the project. “Frozen in the composition, the swimmers are as smooth and cold as the pools tiles…Despite the retro setting, the pictures somehow evoke a futuristic feeling as well, as if they were taken somewhere completely alien.”
Recently she published a book on the project through The New Heroes and Pioneers aptly titled The Swimming Pool Book which you can pre-order on Amazon. To see more of her photographs centered around Eastern European pools, head to her Instagram or Behance.
All images by Maria Svabova