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Monday, March 26, 2007

Swimming Pools

I have a thing for pool photographs. I'm really drawn to them for some reason. Even when they are sketchy and dirty. Almost especially when they're sketchy and dirty. I can't figure out why they're so appealing, but there's something almost erotically exhibitionist about the whole thing. (Is that weird?:)
These shots are from J. Bennett Fitt's No Lifeguard On Duty series. In a New York Times review of the exhibition, Ken Johnson writes: "Swimming pools are signs of spiritual optimism, economic prosperity and the hedonistic good life, so the image of a pool dried up and cracked or half full of dirty water becomes a symbol of disappointed hopes and dreams."
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