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41 Intriguing Photos of Abandoned Pools Make Up Our Latest Group Show

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© Marco Castelli

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© Marilena Vainanidi

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© Uri Pinner

For our latest group show, we invited you to share your photographs of abandoned pools. Curated by Alison Zavos, Feature Shoot’s Founder and Editor-in-Chief, this final selection captures the unexpected—and often unseen—beauty of the pool forsaken. Where active swimming pools are manicured to appeal to the tastes of their owners, the neglected pool surrenders itself to a feral, and at times sinister, sort of loveliness. Here, we find pools left to the wind, those filled in, and those trampled by time, and yet throughout, a flicker of vitality still lingers.

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Photographer Beautifully Captures Growth and Decay Through Sheets of Plexiglass Filters

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Photographer Krista Steinke spends her summers at Purgatory Road, a wooden region of rural New York that is divided by an infamous dirt-covered path. On one side of the road is a cavernous slope that is ominous, damp, and bug infested. On the opposite side lies a lush, peaceful forest. The intersection of this unusual landscape sets the tone for her series, also titled Purgatory Road. Here, she uses her camera to explore a metaphoric state of “in-between”.

Portraits Capture the Unlikely Charm of an Eccentric, Aging Woman

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Lee on a rare hot summer evening.

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Lee is reflected in the front window of her house. Shortly after this picture was taken her son emptied the house, filling six dumpsters in the process.

At first, Jessica Eve Rattner knew Lee as a shopping-cart pushing raider of recycling bins, a dishevelled old woman with foot-tall dreadlocked hair. But a quick exchange in the driveway, while Lee scoured for recycled cans, changed everything. Instead of dismissing her outright, Rattner became smitten by her intelligence and quirky charm. She asked Lee if it was okay to photograph her, and to her surprise, she agreed.

Enigmatic Photos Explore Glastonbury’s Mystical Community

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French-born photographer Grégoire Bernardi came upon the town of Glastonbury by chance, on a weekend trip with friends who had heard that Somerset was the perfect urban antidote. Like most people, he knew Glastonbury only as the namesake of the renowned outdoor music festival, which actually takes place in a neighboring village, but when he arrived in the picturesque town, he found it rife with centuries-old legends of its own, kept alive by a diverse community of New Age and pagan worshippers attracted by the indiscriminate mysticism of the surrounding landscape.

Uncanny Photographs Capture the View From Car Wash Bays in the Dead of Night

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Diamond, New Paltz, NY, 2012

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In the dead of night, Hudson Valley-based photographer Mark Lyon can be seen slipping into deserted car wash bays fallen silent with the setting of the sun. Where most flock to these utilitarian spaces in the in-between hours of the day—in the midst of running errands, going from here to there—Lyon captures them during witching hour, the landscape beyond lying silent and sprawling before him. Bay Views is both a play on words and a visual quip, with each frame revealing only a peek of the surrounding scenery, as defined and established by the four walls of the car wash bay.

Learn How to Master Everything From Tintypes to Astrophotography At Maine Media’s Alternative Processes Workshops (Sponsored)

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© Susan Mullally, a student at Maine Media Workshops+College

As we move into an increasingly digital world, it becomes more and more important to to preserve the delicate and ingenious processes that defined the early years of photography. Understanding historical processes is a key element to appreciating the work of the photographic masters, 19th century innovators who ranged from scientists to fine artists and everything in between. As paradoxical as it might sound, the future of photography truly does lie not only in the latest technological advances but also the artful and complex methods of our past. No one understands this fact better than photographer and educator Brenton Hamilton, who has throughout his career mined the processes of more than a century ago for new ways for contemporary artists to share their visions with the world.

The Personal Belongings of Frida Kahlo Revealed In New Photo Exhibition

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Frida by Ishiuchi #27, 2012-2015 © Ishiuchi Miyako. Courtesy Michael Hoppen Gallery

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Frida by Ishiuchi #36, 2012-2015 © Ishiuchi Miyako. Courtesy Michael Hoppen Gallery

When Frida Kahlo died in July of 1954, her husband and fellow painter Diego Rivera secreted hundreds of her personal belongings in a small bathroom within the home where she had been born forty-seven years before and where they had lived side by side in her final years. Nicknamed The Blue House, the homestead would soon become the Frida Kahlo Museum, but Rivera left directions that the bathroom remain shuttered to the outside world until at least fifteen years after his own death. It wasn’t until 2004, fifty years after it was shut, that the bathroom doors were finally opened to reveal its contents.

Artist Uses Her Menstrual Blood to Create Beautiful Abstract Photographs

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Before Denver-based artist Jen Lewis began using the menstrual cup, an eco-friendly alternative to tampons and sanitary napkins, she hadn’t given much thought to the pictorial potential of the blood that appeared in her toilet each month. In 2012, she gingerly switched to the cup on the advice of her doctor, surprised to discover that when she discarded the collected fluid, it formed swirling shapes, both abstract and figurative, against the alabaster bowl. In collaboration with her husband Rob, Lewis embarked on what would become Beauty in Blood, a project devoted to subverting the stigma and shame that surrounds societal perceptions of menstrual blood.

‘Biophilia’ Collages Inspire Love for Even the Most Creepy of Crawlers

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When Salem, Oregon-based designer and photographer Christopher Marley was a child, he frolicked across the countryside in search of scampering reptiles and scurrying feet that dove in and out of sight with the blink of an eye. With the passage of years, his affection for the earth and its many inhabitants has deepened, his eye for natural beauty sharpened in his adulthood. Today, his studio is packed full with specimens, mounted and frozen, small and large, vertebrate and invertebrate, animate and inanimate. With Biophilia, Marley expresses his ardor for the wilderness by presenting and photographing these organisms in ways that highlight the brilliance of their design, their lines, color, and form.

‘Losing Childhood': A Photographer Chronicles the Lives of Dhaka Children with No Space to Play

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“Slum dogs can become millionaires only in the movies,” laments Dhaka-based photographer K.M. Asad of the current state of the city he calls home. For Losing Childhood, Asad tells the story of Dhaka’s overpopulation through the eyes of its children, whose playgrounds, gardens, and open lawns have been all but snuffed out by the astronomical influx of people into the capital.