Come on in, the water’s lovely!
Art enthusiasts are being invited to take the plunge at a new underwater photographic exhibition at Bramley Baths in Leeds this weekend.
Leeds-based photographer Lizzie Coombes is hoping to make a splash by displaying photos of last year’s Water Music event, which was held on a stage in the baths and featured the West Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra.
Lizzie spent 12 hours in the pool taking pictures and will now be exhibiting 28 of the snaps along the wall of the pool as part of this year’s I Love West Leeds Festival.
Swimmers will also be able to hear Handel’s Water Music playing whenever their heads are submerged.
She said: “Swimming and photography are my two greatest passions. The idea of creating an exhibition of photographs that are viewed by swimmers in a pool has been a long-standing ambition of mine and finally the festival and Bramley Baths have given me that opportunity.”
In 2007, Lizzie photographed Leeds International Pool before it closed its doors for the last public swim and in the past she has collaborated with Opera North and the National Media Museum.
Festival director Jane Earnshaw said: “Through Lizzie’s eyes we see the whole event, from underwater images of how a stage is built in a swimming pool right through to the concert itself.
“I think this is probably the first time that a photographic exhibition has been staged under water in a public swimming pool, along with the music that inspired it.”
Tickets are free for the event, which is being funded by Leeds City Council and the Arts Council and runs from 3pm until 7pm this Saturday and Sunday.
For more information, visit: www.ilovewestleeds.co.uk