Into the Blue
Scottish photographer Soo Burnell, best known for her successful Poolside series, returns to Molitor with Into the Blue exhibition. The show takes visitors on a journey through five of the most beautiful swimming pools in Paris.
Soo Burnell grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland. Having always found inspiration in the iconic buildings and architecture of her native city, she embarked on her first photographic project at the Glenogle Baths, a swimming pool she swam in as a child. There she rediscovered the beauty and serenity of the place, and decided to produce a series of photographs in which she highlighted the contrast between the imposing buildings and their apparent calm.
Meet me at the pool © Soo Burnell
Bathing in the Light © Soo Burnell
This work gave rise to the Poolside series, published for the first time in 2018. The artist then photographed in England, but also in France. With this exhibition at the Molitor, Soo Burnell takes us on a tour of the geometric reflections of the Piscine de Bagneux, the tiles of the Butte-aux-Cailles, the renaissance of the Piscine des Amiraux, Molitor's blocks of colour or admiring the natural light of the Piscine George Hermant. This architectural journey to the heart of Paris's swimming pools highlights that "universal joy, that feeling of plenitude you get when you enter the water".
Dancing Sun © Soo Burnell
The last Swim © Soo Burnell
"I wanted to create a collection of Parisian swimming pools similar to the series I shot in my home town of Edinburgh, in Scotland. There are similarities in the architecture of many of these pools, but I also noticed a similarity in the sense of community that these pools bring. " Soo Burnell
In the Deep 30x30 © Soo Burnell
Into the Blue © Soo Burnell
After this tour of Scottish, English and French swimming pools, the photographer begins two new series. With her distinctive aesthetic, Soo Burnell's Cinema takes us to the Scotsman Picture House in Edinburgh and the Regent Street Cinema in London, both chosen for their architecture and historical references. Then, with I am home, the artist rediscovers the spectacular architecture of Edinburgh, where she grew up.
All of us are Strangers © Soo Burnell