Dutch photojournalist Marieke van der Velden has been taking photos of swimming pools in each country she has traveled to since 2009. Her work for NGOs has taken her to Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and beyond. Much of her organization-based work can be draining and emotional due to the subject matter she is photographing. Visiting swimming pools can give her a bit of refuge. ‘They have a quiet, positive atmosphere. They give me a rest from the reportages‘ she tells the Guardian.
She will hunt for a nice pool and not just the common oval shaped ones. She expresses that she really needs to ‘click’ with a pool before she shoots it – otherwise, she will just continue till the right one is found. Check out the selection of pools below and check out more of Mariekes work on her website: