About the Book
A photographic series.
It is a hot summer day and what is more fun than to take a swim in a cool refreshing pool? The pool is the American icon for summer. It is a place to exercise the body and refresh the mind. It is a status symbol and one of independence.
These images explore the romance of the pool and the dreamlike quality of the lazy summer day. An 8x10 Pinhole camera captures the subject on Polaroid film. The light reflecting on the floating raft becomes a pool dance on the film. The figures are many times blurred. This creates a dreamlike - if not - mystical feel to the imagery.
Marita Gootee is a Professor of Art at Mississippi State University. Her work was included in the 2008 “Women to Watch” Invitational at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC. She was a featured artist in the September 2008 issue of MORE magazine. Notable jurors such as Elizabeth Ferrer, John Yood, Lilly Wei and Nina Felshin have selected her four times for inclusion into the Mississippi Invitational at the Mississippi Museum of Art that showcases the state’s most significant contemporary artists.