Absence of Water is a photographic project which documents the state of decay of some baths, pools and lidos in the United Kingdom.
They were places in vogue, fundamental for the life till the thirties of XX Century. Gradually, living conditions and tastes have changed, resulting in a drop of attendances, leaving the public pools uneconomical to run. Symbols of civic and architectural pride in Victorian times, today only a handful of them remain as a representation of by gone era. The project gives us the possibility to reflect on water: on its function and the importance it has for man and society development and growth. Water determines the wealth, it is indispensable to live and its lack inexorably leads to ruin, exactly as happened to these pools. These architectures, trough their charm, show us the time irreversible action, the ruin, the sense of emptiness that surrounds and fills them. Yet they are testimony and memory of a not too far age, when they were places full of voices and laughter and the beating heart of life.
About Gigi Cifali
Gigi Cifali (Naples, 1975) lives and works in London, where he earned a Master’s degree in journalism from the University of Westminster. Documentary photographer, has been awarded several times, his shots were selected, among others: the International Photography Awards, Fuji Prix Awards, , AOP Association of Photographers Awards and François Schneider Foundation, which in 2013 acquired in its permanent collection the series “Absence of Water “. His works have been published in Italy and abroad.[Official Website]