14th March 2015
Photographer Attilio Fiumarella was recently awarded a bursary from Some Cities (an Arts Council funded photography project) to produce a body of work relating to the old Moseley Road baths in Balsall Heath, Birmingham.
The Moseley Road baths opened in 1907 and is the oldest of only three Grade II Listed swimming baths currently operating in Britain. Much of the building lies in a semi-derelict state at present and is not accessible to the public. The remaining facilities are threatened with closure in 2015, which means that the entire building would be shut off from public entrance.
With his project Attilio aims to spread awareness of the significance and beauty of this building by photographing regular users of the pool in the derelict remains of the original spaces.
I was asked by Attilio to assist with the setup and lighting of the scenes (only natural light will be used). Contributing to this project has been a fantastic experience as it has allowed me to access a truly remarkable building and to observe a developing master of photographic arts.
Attilio will be discussing the project at the Midland Arts Centre on 25th March.