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∞ & Beyond. Cirencester Open Air Swimming Pool. Cirencester, Gloucestershire.

18-12-2008 · Comments (15)
Categories: Fuji 160C  Hasselblad SWC/M  

Taken in the summer during a day trip to Cirencester. The photo being taken at Cirencester Lido. In existence since 1869 and apparently the oldest operational lido in the country. I'm not sure if that was true but the place was a real gem. I only wished that I had taken my trunks. The funny thing was, I said that to the attendant there and he immediately said they could hire me some - I declined, it kinda felt like wearing someone else's underpants. Not that I have ever worn another's underpants he said hastily! Still, it was a really nice place and the attendant was happy for me to come in and take a series of photos. Here is an aerial shot of the town, with the pool marked.

The tune is 'Dead Flag Blues' by Godspeed You! Black Emperor from the album F#A#∞. The footage of the video is from a short film by Irish artist Nicky Larkin., shot in Pripyat, Chernobyl which is in the Chernobyl exclusion zone. The city of Pripyat was once considered the finest place to live in the whole of the Soviet Union. A thoroughly modern city, it was built in 1970 to house the workers of the new Chernobyl nuclear power plant and their families, and was once a happy home to 50,000 people. In the aftermath of the accident in Chernobyl in April 1986, the residents of Pripyat were instructed to pack one suitcase and told they would be returning in three days. One thousand buses were drafted in from all across the Soviet Union to take the residents of Pripyat out of their now highly contaminated homes. They never returned. 21 years later Pripyat stands empty, a ghost town deep within the Chernobyl exclusion zone, the last remaining Soviet city. This haunting experimental film by Irish artist Nicky Larkin takes you inside Pripyat and examines the relationship between time, nature and culture, in a city that will never be lived in again.

The car's on fire and there's no driver at the wheel
And the sewers are all muddied with a thousand lonely suicides
And a dark wind blows
The government is corrupt
And we're on so many drugs
With the radio on and the curtains drawn

We're trapped in the belly of this horrible machine
And the machine is bleeding to death

The sun has fallen down

And the billboards are all leering
And the flags are all dead at the top of their poles

It went like this

The buildings tumbled in on themselves
Mothers clutching babies picked through the rubble and pulled out their hair

The skyline was beautiful on fire
All twisted metal stretching upwards
Everything washed in a thin orange haze

I said, "Kiss me, you're beautiful..
These are truly the last days"

You grabbed my hand and we fell into it
Like a daydream or a fever

We woke up one morning and fell a little further down
For sure it's the valley of death

I open up my wallet
And it's full of blood

Listening to: "Dead Flag Blues" (F#A#∞) - Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Angela Bacon-Kidwell

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