Like the Confines of a Sonnet


While the private pool is viewed as a romanticised luxury, the public pool is a quietly humble entity. Why is the addition of other people change our perception of a place? I wanted to capture the public pool’s natural beauty that is often unacknowledged. Like the Confines of a Sonnet is a newsprint publication consisting of photographs that I took of 8 different public pools around Dublin. Poet Jean Strickland said of the swimming pool ‘The confines of the pool are like the confines of a sonnet, its what you achieve within it.’ Inspired by this statement, the publication is divided into fourteen spreads to replicate the form of a Sonnet, with each spread containing a line of the sonnet Swimming Sonnet by Sharon Brogan.