Artist's description:

From a limited edition of 10 archival photographs
Signed and numbered by artist A K Nicholas
Image: 24×16 inches/61×41 cm
Paper: 26×18 inches/66×46 cm

A single naked figure sits where the waves meet the shore. This black and white nude photograph consist of mostly middle gray tones, punctuated by a occasional robust blacks and luminous ivory. The inky hair that frames her face and some interior contours of her limbs are the dark areas that anchor the subject. Blossoms of illumination emerge from the haze as the only areas of white.

A bold, charcoal-colored, wedge-shaped horizon divides the image and draws attention to the region of her shoulders; this is balanced above and below by her face and breasts. The negative space (background) of sand forms a number of angular shapes, most interesting of which is a triangle between her arm and hip. She sits off-center, with her raised elbow falling approximately in the vertical middle; only her legs encroach on the right half of the image. Nonetheless, there is a balance in the arrangement of off-center elements.

Despite the solemn gray tones, the image is far from gloomy. The woman’s weight is casually on one hip and arm, the opposite hand raised coquettishly, brushing hair over one eye. Her hair is wet from the ocean and her body is dotted with beads of water. Her figure is half-reflected in the wet sand, her outline faintly visible in the rippled mirror. The photograph has a soft, watercolor appearance at the edges of the body. The details merge into one another, revealing just enough evidence to distinguish waves, sand, drips, and ripples.

Tonal manipulation technique

My tonal manipulation technique begins with a camera, then the colors are transformed with software. Toning often closely resembles monochrome techniques and are inspired by classic chemical processes applied to black and white photographs, such as selenium, sepia, and platinum. Other techniques are reminiscent of early non-color images such as cyanotype, calotype or daguerreotype.

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.

Materials used:

Archival inkjet photograph

Gray Cotton 3/10 (2016)


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