Kyle Bean Takes the Plunge with Stylist Magazine
There’s something about swimming pools that make them inherently luxurious. Heated or not, chlorinated or salted, a deep pool of our most precious natural resource ready and waiting to be plunged into is the apex of indulgence. So what better than swimming pools to illustrate the luxury of high fashion fragrances? Stylist Magazine came to Kyle Bean with the idea of blending the two and left it up to him to figure out how to do it. The result is four different pools from four different cultures, each made to represent a different fragrance. Kyle used his signature process of paper craft to create pools inspired by traditional looks in Italy, Japan, Los Angeles, and Great Britain but with the shapes of bottles from Hermes, Armani, Aerin, and Atelier.
The scenes are made almost entirely from paper, making them miniature in size. But they almost read as full size, mostly thanks to the incredible detail in the rippling water of the pools. When it comes to paper craft, Kyle is a master, but the water presented a challenge. “We experimented with different depths of water and different amounts that we shook the tank to create those ripples and one thing we realized in doing that is that and it’s a fine line between looking too minimal to suddenly looking like a huge wave,” says Kyle. “So it was a delicate balancing act between how much interruption we did on the water.” Kyle stuck his hands under the miniature sets and wiggled his fingers as photographer Mitch Payne clicked the shutter. Out of the collection of imagery they were able to choose the looks that sold it the best while keeping the text from the labels totally legible. The result is four images that are as refreshing as a real pool, but offer all the grace and style of these incredible perfumes.