From a limited edition of 5 archival photographs
Signed and numbered by artist A K Nicholas
An underwater nude swimmer powers through clear blue waters. This photograph is dominated by tones of blue and pink. She swims away from the viewer, towards the light in the upper right corner. Dark purple circles surround her, contrasting with the bright highlights on her form. Her dark, thick hair floats weightlessly behind her. Tiny bubbles dance around the piece, congregating in the upper right quarter.
Everything, from the water to the woman's form, has a smooth, painterly quality, making the piece dreamlike. The swimmer’s face is not visible, but her body language speaks volumes. Her legs work hard to propel her body towards the light, while her arms are spread wide. Her gaze is directed forward. She is transitioning from the water’s cerulean depths to the effervescent light. Underwater, light holds an unearthly, radiant quality.
As the swimmer transitions, so does the water. Water is constantly moving and changing. Liquid is easily influenced by light and the human form; creating dazzling effects. The tiny bubbles have a magical quality. Water is also an inhospitable environment. This dichotomy makes a body in water a fascinating combination.
Liquid nudes theme
I love working with water and other liquids. The ungovernable nature of liquid provides a balance between order and chaos... A constantly moving mirror and lens, the liquid provides intricate visual surprises. Ripples, reflections, splashes and drops all participate in a mix of light and shadow to create intricate textures.
More about this theme
False color technique
Using the technique of false color, I produce a restrained color palette. The method is inspired by my training in oil painting, and pays homage to the classic technique of hand-colored photography. Color is applied selectively to give a greater illusion of depth as well as evoke an emotional response.
About limited edition archival photographs
This limited edition archival photograph is made with the best quality inks on heavyweight museum-grade paper for 100+ years of color permanence. Each photograph is signed and hand numbered by the artist. A collector can identify which impression they own (for example number one of ten). Once an edition is complete, no more editions of that image will be created. A certificate of authenticity, signed by the artist, is included.
About the artist
A K Nicholas is a visual artist specializing in figure (fine art nudes) photography. An unapologetic celebration of the female form, these images invite the viewer to explore a dreamlike world. Photography is simply a starting point on this journey to an unknown destination. His unorthodox aesthetic blends sensual imagery with a painterly style of manipulated colors.
Born in the United States, raised in the Middle East, this artist is formally trained in painting, drawing, and photography.
Archival pigment photograph