The Leeds International Swimming Pool facility closed in October 2007 and is scheduled for demolition in June this year. A gifted photographer and friend, James Lester, likes to go ‘Urban Exploring’ and I decided to join him in a bid to document the last period of this Leeds landmark, with a possible plan to run as a feature in the Leeds Guide magazine.
It was really fascinating wandering around inside a place I’d come as a child.
I jumped off this diving board once upon a time.
Not today maybe
James’s often paints in pitch black with light using a little LED torch (which he says has three settings, “really bright, silly bright and turbo”). This image was painted with light in a pitch black room.
The basement was most fascinating. Endless corridors full of pipes. A good place to set a horror film with zombies methinks…
An interesting photographic effect repeatedly flashing an off camera flashgun while James walked passed.
This was someone’s desk once upon a time. One of the world’s less impressive offices.
It was a really fascinating visit.
James’s work is genius. I recently saw one of his exhibitions in The Reliance showing photos of an eerie crumbling charm that he shot of the former lunatic Asylum High Royds in the Leeds/Bradford area. See more of his amazing work here.