The Ginoles Les Bains Spa, though now derelict and forgotten, evokes a past life of escape and tranquility. Each room housing a bath surrounded by its own uniquely beautiful decay.
Alexanderstatz UBahn station, possibly the busiest underground station in Berlin yet this vacant space stands as if deserted.
My 2015 photographs of Alexanderplatz were inspired by my aunt, artist Sarah Haffner’s favourite colour - turquoise blue. Following her reccent death I decided to return to Berlin’s underground and it’s cavernous, sometimes oddly quiet, spaces.
I visited London’s South Bank after hearing the Swedish screenwriter Hans Rosenfeldt describe his use of the urban landscape as an additional character in his productions. Marcella is set in London and Rosenfeldt's scenes at the South Bank motivated me to re-visit and look again.
It was Jesse Owen who used this phrase 'This Heaven on Earth' when describing the 1936 Olympic Village: - the athletes' accommodation that also served as a propaganda opportunity for the Nazi Party.
London Bridge underground station, the first escalator heading to the Jubilee Line, vivid advertising changes to a concrete wall
Abstraction offers the opportunity to introduce ambiguity in scale and subject.
The climbing frames stand abandoned, permanently embedded between the edges of the Baltic Sea and the Baron Forest beyond.
The sky in Iceland can move through a spectrum of colours within extraordinarily short periods. An almost colourless storm is captured, introducing an unexpected beauty. The sun emerged shortly afterwards.
A German childhood educational toy positioned within the structures of Birkenauas it’s setting. Symbols of innocence are married with the structures and memory of the Holocaust
First Length In HMP
Bullwood Hall Prison swimming pool (First Length in Bullwood Hall).
Inmates stand in Holloway Prison’s swimming pool (First Length in Holloway).
Bathers relax in Iceland’s naturally heated Blue Lagoon.
Kerala's crumbling walls.
Finnish ice-hole swimmers stand in front of the ice- hole within the frozen landscape.
Members of the Crystal Palace Children’s’ Diving Academy stand on the ten meter high board.
Long-distance swimmers stand in the sea, preparing for the challenge ahead.
This set of semi-abstract images documenting three London Lidos during the winter months - one in use, one empty and one derelict. Together they speak to the history and possible demise of the British open-air pool.
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