Valentine Schmidt’s work centres upon London lidos, popular during the Victorian era and early twentieth century but today more often than not left closed and deserted. Her work documents and eulogises these beautiful spaces that once stood for the promotion of the twin ideals of healthy body and healthy mind.
“I was drawn to the quality of the floors and the lines of the lidos, to how they look in their various states of preservation and dereliction,” Schmidt writes. “My fascination is with the relationship between the floor and the water’s surface and how the dynamic between them is affected by both the natural forces of the changing seasons and by the social forces of changing public policy.”
Valentine Schmidt was born in London in 1962. She gained a distinction in her MA at the London College of Printing in 2002, and currently works in TV production. Her work as a photographer has been featured in The Independent Sunday Review, Photoart International, The British Journal of Photography and at the London Photographic Awards.