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Xai Xai swimming pool: “This was taken at an abandoned beachside hotel in Xai Xai, Mozambique,” says Taplin. “During the civil war they poured cement down all the drainpipes and the pool was just left like that. It used to be the place to holiday and it’s still very beautiful in its state of disrepair. Walking through it you can only imagine it in its former glory, though a lot of it is still intact. There are these beautiful wrought-iron gates and a sea-themed wallpaper from the 1950s. It has this feeling of what it could have been.” “It’s difficult to comprehend how beautifully crafted things can become nothing,” says Hugo. “I guess life always wins.”