Romain Laprade's Photo Series Takes Us On An Idyllic Journey
Throughout popular culture, the glistening and rippled surface of a crystal blue swimming pool serves as an iconic representation of a life blessed by luxury. A symbol of freedom and escape, the image of a seductive pool is almost powerful enough to make you question your life spent in the daily grind.
Used to adorn the work of artists, writers, and directors alike, it's an idyllic prop that regardless of its place, shimmers with glamor. David Hockney's 1972 work Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), Helmut Newton's career-long poolside obsession, and even Wham!'s 80's pop bonanza Club Tropicana, set in the legendary Ibizian party villa Pikes Hotel-the format, and context may be different but the sentiment stays the same-this is where you want to be, right now.
As part of a photography project hosted by Villa Noailles, titled “Domestic Pools”, Romain Laprade stumbled upon a pool to seduce even the most refined pool connoisseurs. Designed by architect Alain Capeillères for his summer home hidden in the hollow of a French hillside, in Six-Fours-les-Plages, the young photographer was quickly blown away bythe white oasis. "It's one of the most amazing places I've ever shot, it's not just impressive, this pool is a masterpiece."
Overlooking the sea, Capeillères' excavated part of the sloping site, freeing up an area which is protected from the wind and surrounded by retaining walls. Covered with more than 100,000 white ceramic tiles, the curved architectural setting houses a 25-meter long central pool.
Oversized and open-air, the pool is in a world of its own, inhabited only by the shadows of the surrounding landscape. We've picked our favorite shots by Romain and featured them in a gallery. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.