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Last one of an edition of 3 archival photographs
Signed and numbered by artist A K Nicholas
Image size: 32×48 inches, 81×122 cm
Paper size: 34×50 inches, 86×127 cm

A nude swimmer on her back against blazing blue ripples. One arm bends while the other is outstretched. A knee kicks towards the viewer, another leg lays outstretched, distorted under the swirls. Her face is angled away, relaxed back into the water, show us under her chin, closed eyes, and flowing hair. This example of female nude photography pairs delicate salmon-pink skin with the intense blue nebula around the figure.

The figure is submerged, but only shallowly. The emphasis of this image is not on depth, but on the patterns. The snaking highlights on the water’s surface encase the outstretched figure. Rather than portraying a specific person and place, this image intends to exist in the viewer’s mind.

She makes no attempt at modesty, nor does she tantalize the viewer. She is unconcerned with the viewer. Her pose is effortless and expresses a laid-back attitude. Her serene expression and smoothly flowing hair affirm this emotion.

The colors of the water are reminiscent of Lake Tahoe and Saint Lucia. Fiction relies on piecing together shreds of shared memories to form a narrative. Bright, clear blue waters evoke feelings of indulgence and luxury. However, contrary to the material extravagance implied by the title, this image is devoid of material assets. Instead, it relies on the soothing colors to set a mood of freedom and contentment.

In the realm of female nude photography, the subject matter can range from pin-up to fine art. This image resides somewhere in between. The composition celebrates the beauty of the form in a subdued way. Her allure is undeniable but presented as one portion of her entire presence.

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.

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 stability. 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.

The female form has been celebrated through art for millenia, beginning with sculpture and painting, and extending to drawing and photography. Through the exploration of compositional elements such as curved lines, dimensional forms, and texture, a variety of themes are examined. Fine art nude, erotic, and pinup photography appeals to a special understanding by those who collect it.

Materials used:

Archival inkjet photograph on 300 gsm paper

Lucia Tahoe 3 of 3 (2018)


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