Drowning in an Empty Pool by Robert Götzfried

When you think of public pools, they are usually crowded, loud, wet, kids are screaming, parents yelling at their kids, laughing, crying which can result to be a total mess. But today’s feature shows a quiet, peaceful and none of the above description of a pool. You can have some privacy if you are alone in an empty pool. Read on and be inspired by Robert Götzfried’s shots of this pool. Enjoy!

What’s the story behind it?
I’ve been taking shots of swimming pools for the last couple of years (I started in 2009) but mainly indoor pools.

This particular one in the series “drowning in an empty pool” is in a place near my home town Lindau at the lake of Constance. I’ve been there before a couple of times but usually it’s filled with water, i.e. like here.
– Robert Götzfried




This time I had to climb the fence again because the pool was obviously closed. Like in all of my pool series i like the quietness. When you think of public pools they are usally loud, wet, kids are screaming, parents yelling at their kids, laughing, crying – it’s a mess. These pictures are quiet, peaceful and none of the above. I like to visually play with the unexpected and if you check out my other series this becomes quiet obvious.
– Robert Götzfried



As a graphic designer am really into working with clear lines. I guess my pictures make it easy to guess that I’m working a lot with grids, colors, and patterns – I like that clear and clean look and feel.
– Robert Götzfried



About Robert Götzfried

Robert Götzfried studied communication design and photography before he made an apprenticeship as a type setter and prior to finishing a school for printing technology. He is currently working in Munich, Germany as a designer and photographer. He’s also teaching photography at the “Schule für Gestaltung” in Ravensburg, Germany. You can find more of his works on his Behance profile or website.