Remember Sydney during precovid?

During lockdown, I was reflecting on how life was in Sydney before COVID. As I scrolled through my image catalogue, I remembered there was a beautiful pool with harbour views where I would swim during winter. 

North Sydney Olympic Pool

Like most Sydneysiders, I thought this was the best place to tell everyone that I'm swimming in Sydney. The Coathanger (also known as Sydney Harbour Bridge) gives it away. Before this pool was closed for renovations, I used to bring out my tripod and camera and stand on the steps so I could try to get the best shot of Sydney's most famous pool. I attempted to make every opportunity to capture it before it closed because I wanted to create something that will remind people of Sydney. I wanted to stand out as a photographer. I knew not many people would be capturing North Sydney Olympic pool.


Why I love this image of the North Sydney Olympic Pool?

I love the heritage-style features of this pool. Notice the brown brick and colourful sculptural facades. It's something that I don't see as much these days. I liked how they made things more decorative and artistic in those days. 

The blue skies and water in this photo are another highlight too. The blues seem to be a staple in most Australian artworks. Having seen other Australian nature-based artworks, the blue skies are what makes us unique. Having sold my prints at the Kirribilli markets, I'm happy to say that this was one of my bestsellers. I would do anything to re-experience capturing it again. 

I look forward to checking out this pool once it reopens.


Other nearby highlights

  • Sydney's Luna Park near Milsons Point wharf 
  • the scenic Lavender Bay walk which includes the Lavender Bay wharf and miniature sculptures of classic Australian cartoon characters
  • the famous Kirribilli markets held on alternate weekends that sells locally-made arts and crafts, foods and pre-loved items. At this time, they're not run due to the current covid situation. But it's something to keep on eye out for when things open up
  • Bradfield Park (under the Sydney Harbour Bridge) - a great picnic spot


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Check out my other blogs on seeing Sydney Harbour from different vantage points.


Love Karen

About Let There Be Life Photo

Karen is the creative founder and photographer of Let There Be Life Photo who loves capturing Sydney and creating happy memories of her hometown. She turns beautiful images into wall art prints for Sydney lovers. If you love this pic, check out more of her photos featuring Blues Point and McMahons Point, Kirribilli and Lavender Bay in Sydney.

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