SW4 Ghost Swim

Come on in - actually, nope, don't...

After all the talk over swimming (or lack of it) in Clap’ham, Brixton and St Reatham over the past few weeks around these parts, it all comes back to a picture painting a thousand words. I think.

I greatly appreciated getting the go ahead by the lovely GLL manager at SW4 to carry out a ghost photo shoot at the closed Clap’ham pool. With the bulldozers moving in next month, this would be my final time at Clap’ham Manor.

It didn’t feel emotional, just strangely surreal. With the water still in the pool (waiting for Thames Water to assist with the drainage,) and with the two charming recpetionists still at their stations (telling customers that Clap’ham is closed,) – not much had changed.

I spent an enjoyable half hour with one of the lifeguards, lamenting happier times down at Clap’ham, and looking ahead to an uncertain future. New postings within the GLL family of pools are currently being waited upon by the staff. Pity the poor sods that get Brixton.

The photographs themselves were another opportunity to try out the still undecided upon Nikon D3000. I felt confident during the shoot and in control of what I was capturing. Back at base and it was a different story. The images below have been Photoshopped to the extreme, leaving a great sense of let down.

Which rather sums up Lambeth Labour’s pledge to Keep Clap’ham Swimming.

Listen!

Clap'ham Ghost Pool, 19/01/10

Clap'ham Ghost Pool, 19/01/10

Clap'ham Ghost Pool, 19/01/10

Clap'ham Ghost Pool, 19/01/10

Clap'ham Ghost Pool, 19/01/10

Clap'ham Ghost Pool, 19/01/10

Clap'ham Ghost Pool, 19/01/10

Clap'ham Ghost Pool, 19/01/10

Clap'ham Ghost Pool, 19/01/10

Clap'ham Ghost Pool, 19/01/10

Clap'ham Ghost Pool, 19/01/10

Clap'ham Ghost Pool, 19/01/10

Clap'ham Ghost Pool, 19/01/10

Clap'ham Ghost Pool, 19/01/10

Clap'ham Ghost Pool, 19/01/10

Clap'ham Ghost Pool, 19/01/10

Clap'ham Ghost Pool, 19/01/10

Clap'ham Ghost Pool, 19/01/10

Clap'ham Ghost Pool, 19/01/10

Clap'ham Ghost Pool, 19/01/10

Clap'ham Ghost Pool, 19/01/10

Clap'ham Ghost Pool, 19/01/10

Clap'ham Ghost Pool, 19/01/10

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