Spending an afternoon sitting by the pool seems so glamorous, doesn’t it? It’s a place we go to watch, be observed, admired, to soak up sun, meet up with friends, and often find new ones…That gathering of a diverse community in a public space. Crossing Territories artist Cathrin Schulz explores the ideas of perception, of perfection – the split between what we see above the water line and what lies below.
From Cathrin’s artist statement –
“POOLSIDE” is a series which is part of a long-term project called “AUTHENTI(C)ITY of AMERICA”documenting my vision of America as a German Photographer. Immersing myself in the urban scenery of the United States I perceive its authenticity and diverseness’ and embrace it in soul places. With POOLSIDE I sense a piece of Atlanta’s Soul, discovering a part of its culture….The energy of the pools, a flat continuation of water, obscuring what is below the surface was a distinctive emotional atmosphere, sensed by me intuitively: solitary, still and private. A lack of distortion, an intimate view and emptiness of human presence convey a timelessness creating a blank screen onto which one can project ones own memories.
Her desaturated images, specific sight lines, and looking at the objects without human presence lets us define our own narrative, place ourselves in that location, tell our own stories.