French Photographer Captures Images of Parisian Swimming Pools

French photographer Franck Bohbot has chosen a striking, yet commonplace subject for his most recent series of photographs: swimming pools. In particular, empty pools. Through Bohbot’s lens we catch a glimpse of the impressive architecture of indoor pools that goes unnoticed when they are filled to the brim with splashing children and lap swimmers.

Bohbot took his photographs in Paris, where indoor swimming pools are more architecturally magnificent than the cinderblock construction of a typical neighborhood pool. Each photograph in the collection is shot from one angle, capturing the cathedral-like ceilings of the pools and the vast emptiness that extends into the distance. The pools, diffused with a soft glow and “empty of human presence”, are utterly alien at first sight.

According to Bohbot, who calls his compositional style “cinema, more than cold architecture photography,” there is nothing wrong with capturing the occasional human in one of his shots (if you look closely, you can find a few swimmers and a worker cleaning the pool). In fact, the inclusion of a human makes the isolation palpable and adds to the sense of quiet reverence present in the collection.
A few hours after the photographs were taken, hordes of swimmers rushed in and upset the tranquil scene with shouts, splashing, and constant movement. But with this collection, Bohbot has eternalized the stark, chlorinated emptiness of the swimming pool.

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