Category Archives: Swimming

Beach on the coast of Spain

I tackled this slide because of its physical qualities but fell in love with the scene along the way. The slide is in shocking condition, faded to pink and flimsily framed, but interesting because it is a large size – 4mm square. I know this beach is in Spain because of others – labelled – from the same original collection. I like the natural location of the beach, the absence of houses and the feeling of it being a secret cove, given by the rough cliffs. Down at the sea shore I love the boats and the small wooden pier.

The original unfocused image and the condition of the slide invited a romantic painterly treatment,
achieved with Topaz Labs new Impressions filter.

Before and after




Posted by on November 3, 2014 in Beach scene, Europe, Summer, Swimming

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Motel Swimming Pool

I remember when hotel swimming pools were so big that to swim was to explore. It was the 1970’s and maybe it only seemed that way because I was a child. But no. They had alcoves, they had fountains, walkovers, and planters. Hooped handholds and chlorine soaked poolside cement with *no childproof fences*. I’m starting to think I should print some very large scale images and this might have to be one of them.

Edited version





Posted by on June 13, 2013 in Hotel, Swimming

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Hoggs Back Inn

Hoggs Back Inn is a famous hotel in the dreamy, rural haven known as Hoggs Back, Eastern Cape. Its been there for about 100 years and has changed only subtly. This swimming pool and garden are still there, and they still have those yellow garden chairs. That is the charm of it. However, this is is a challenge for a vintage photography site – when a place hasn’t changed a whole lot, and looks much the same today as it did back in the day. I value the unchanging, classic tradition of a place like this, but how to show it? When I started playing around, I came up with the oval setting, which speaks of tradition, and the use of monochrome areas, which reminds us of of old photographs from long ago. The composition also gives the feeling that its an oasis of a place, and is loved by the many who have stayed there (PS: this is not a review, I have never been there!).


I started by doing tone and colour work on the original then applied the reddish monochrome to certain areas. This increased the drama and depth. I masked off the area outside an oval shape and then revealed some of the foliage outside the shape.


Before and after. Click for big.


Posted by on March 21, 2013 in Garden, Hotel, South Africa, Swimming

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Dead Sea Swimmers

These swimmers are at the Dead Sea, Israel 1964. A long-time favorite – its such a great composition, I love the way the young girl in her white cap stands out, the pipes, the lolling swimmers on the lake shore. I wonder what it cost to pipe fresh water to this spot? Read about the history of the Dead Sea and environmental concerns.

I rebuilt the sky, restored the color through several layers and filters, and added in some sharpness.

Before and after. Click for big.


Posted by on December 18, 2012 in Beach scene, Middle East, People, Swimming

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Floating on a Salt Lake

Salt Lake City, Utah, back in the day. Not one strand of this lady’s hair is touching the water.

Coloring of the woman’s skin and accessories was important as only these few hints convey the style of the era. I also needed to get the water to look less like metal!

Before and after. Click for big.


Posted by on November 26, 2012 in America, People, Swimming, Woman

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