Iconic photographer Slim Aarons captured some of the most enviable summer poolside gatherings.  Beautiful people mixed with beautiful and luxurious backgrounds created stunning photographs that ignite the imagination.  The Photographers Gallery explains that It was Aarons who perfected, if not invented, the environmental portrait while photographing the international elite in their exclusive playgrounds during the jet-set decades of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s, carrying out his self-described mission: to document “attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places.”

 

Penthouse Pool – Slim Aarons, 1961

 

Pool at Las Hadas – Slim Aarons, 1974

 

Racquet Club Pool – Slim Aarons, 1968

 

Poolside in Sotogrande – Slim Aarons

 

Kaufman House – Slim Aarons, 1970

 

Silvie Rossel’s Place – Slim Aarons, 1977

 

Mara Lane at The Sands – Slim Aarons, 1954

 

Lounging in Bermuda – Slim Aarons, 1969

 

Gavina Hotel – Slim Aarons, 1970

 

My life bringing two little guys to our local swimming pool does not exactly have much in common with Aaron’s photographs.  I haven’t seen any photos of a mom lugging a huge pool bag packed with snacks and swim diapers, two Puddle Jumpers thrown over her shoulder, a tote full of plastic pool toys, and two little men trailing along – barely managing to keep themselves from falling into the big pool on their way to the baby pool area.  No, that was not documented by Slim Aarons.

As our summer continues (no it is NOT almost fall!!!!), I will close my eyes for a brief moment while at the pool, and imagine that I am sunning and swimming with Esther Williams.

Esther Williams – Slim Aarons

 

… and then I’ll quickly open my eyes to make sure my boys are not drowning each other in the 8″ deep baby pool.

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  1. Karena
    Karena says:

    Kristen, These poolside retreats look like perfect weekend getaways!
    Captured by one of the photography greats of all time!

    xoxo
    Karena
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