Start at Moseley Road Baths
Join Attilio Fiumarella, photographer with an architecture background on a walking tour of Moseley. Begin at Moseley Road Baths where he has recently been working on a photography commission as part of the Some Cities project. From the baths, we’ll continue through to Moseley.
Attilio Fiumarella is an Italian photographer based in Birmingham, UK and Porto, Portugal. He studied at Porto School of Architecture and his passion for photography has grown up since early. In 2011, he started his activity as architectural photographer and, from then on, he has published his work in several magazines and books devoted to Architecture. Increasingly, he combines the photography of Architecture with the investigation about current issues. Therefore, documental photography and photojournalism arise, from his point of view, as privileged means to explore and share his vision on the circumstances that question our current time.
“The Swimmers” is an ongoing project commissioned by Some City through a bursary. One of the first public facilities built in Balsall Heath was the Moseley Road Baths. Constructed in two stages, being the first the construction of the Free Library, the baths were designed by William Hale and Son, and opened their doors on October 30, 1907. There were restrictions to access, as it was common at the time, and three different entrances attest to that: one for first class men,another for second class men, and a third one for women. Its unique architecture and gathering purpose made it the icon of the neighbourhood.After several years of decline, one of the two swimming pools has been refurbished, restoring its old lustre. Sadly, the Gala pool is still left to degradation. The Birmingham City Council intends to close the Baths permanently in 2015, following the opening of a new sports facility.This body of work aims to outline the loss of this valuable heritage and also to strengthen the relationship between the pool and its people.
“The Swimmers” were immortalized in an atmosphere inspired by the butterfly and its cocoon. This temporary skin provides the butterfly with enough energy for a new life. In the same way, in this imaginary world, the users are gripping the swimming pool’s essence, keeping the heritage alive.