Last night i dreamt i knew how to swim
I am repeatedly drawn to the swimming pool as a subject in my photography because for me they are a metaphor for the unconscious. In American culture, pools are a subject that is immediately recognizable as a status symbol evoking luxury and leisure. The opportunity to drift aimlessly in the backyard pool has always been an irresistible fantasy. A darker interpretation of the subject can evoke repressed desires, unexplained tension and looming disaster. These photographs of manufactured oases suggest a binary connection between the world above and the world below, linking water and the workings of the subconscious.