It is along the water’s edge, in the calm of the ponds that artist Soo Burnell draws her inspiration. For nearly 20 years, the Scottish photographer has been developing a practice that highlights the poetry of architecture and solitary characters. Influenced by the work of American filmmaker Wes Anderson, the artist composes her images as immense canvases in pastel colors where the buildings become the protagonists of the story she tells us.
“The high ceilings, the skylights, the symmetry, the geometry, the tiles… everything is reflected in the still water. Beyond the architecture, there’s a lot of nostalgia in these preserved spaces.”
In 2018, Soo Burnell presents her collection titled Poolside where she explores the hypnotic atmosphere of the old public baths in her native Edinburgh. Within these huge Victorian structures, the vintage-looking swimmers seem lost, contemplative… That same year, the photographer went in search of new Belle Époque pools across Europe. Among them, she discovered Molitor, whose architecture and the colors of its two pools overwhelmed her.
“To the Water” is running from December 10, 2021, to February 20, 2022
Address: Molitor Hotel, 13 rue Nungesser et Coli, 75016 Paris France