• 'Powfoot Tidal Pool, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland'

    'Powfoot Tidal Pool, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland'

  • 'Chapel Rock Pool, Perranporth Bay, Cornwall'

    'Chapel Rock Pool, Perranporth Bay, Cornwall'

  • 'Cellardyke Tidal Pool, East Fife, Scotland'

    'Cellardyke Tidal Pool, East Fife, Scotland'

  • 'The Rock Pool, Westward Ho!, Devon'

    'The Rock Pool, Westward Ho!, Devon'

  • 'Bude Sea Pool, Summerleaze Beach, Devon'

    'Bude Sea Pool, Summerleaze Beach, Devon'

  • 'Treyarnon Tidal Pool, Cornwall'

    'Treyarnon Tidal Pool, Cornwall'

  • 'Portreath Tidal Pool, Cornwall'

    'Portreath Tidal Pool, Cornwall'

  • 'Shoalstone Pool, Brixham, Devon'

    'Shoalstone Pool, Brixham, Devon'

  • 'Dancing Ledge, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset'

    'Dancing Ledge, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset'

  • 'Woody Bay, Exmoor, Devon'

    'Woody Bay, Exmoor, Devon'

Showcase: Luke Brown

Luke Brown captures the last remaining man made tidal pools throughout Britain.

These tidal pools represent some of the last standing man made structures that did not come under scrutiny from current health and safety rules. These very rules now affect the existence of the remaining pools. They are under threat from a lack of maintenance, scattered along Britain’s margins whilst being exposed to the harshest of elements.

Britain’s sense of dominance over the landscape is evident up to the very edges of our coastline, where the tidal swimming pools are located. Built originally for the enjoyment of new found leisure time and as a safe haven for swimming away from the dangers of the sea, the structures embody the Victorian and Edwardian periods, acting as a reflection of Great Britain’s strength and power during the reign of the British Empire.

The pools are now spaces where freedom of expression can be celebrated, where people can make choices to act on instinct and common sense, rather than the behavioural constraints dictated upon society. Even these spaces have restrictions, the most prevalent limiting factor being nature itself. The tide dictates the space, concealing the architecture in a dark mass of water, however the ocean answers to the gravitational pull of the moon. This natural occurrence still holds a very dominant sense of control over humans and the landscape, dictating the conditions of use, enjoyment and documentation.

See here for more of Luke Brown’s work.

'Untitled' from the series Single Saudi Women. © Wasma Mansour.
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