From a limited edition of 25 archival photographs
Signed and numbered by artist A K Nicholas
We conducted this shoot in two trolley cars that had been set together as a dwelling after retiring from transit service in 1930s Charleston, South Carolina (US). After the American Civil War, the town’s streets were lined with iron tracks for the cars, which were initially horse-drawn. The last year that Charleston used electric streetcars for municipal transport was 1938. At the time of this shoot, the cars were in a vast, desolate, vacant lot. The cars had suffered years of vandalism and have since been removed from this location so that they can be restored as an historical display. The setting provokes thoughts of what experiences and sights, including photography, must have happened in and around the cars over many generations.
A glimpse of light through a series of windows gives the viewer a sense of depth through the space. The youth of the figure reminds us that our structures are often a legacy that perseveres after the makers have succumbed to the effects of time. This trolley has stood longer than most of us will live.
I call this technique a false-color image, restrained to a particular subset of colors. The method is inspired by oil painting, where the artist chooses a palette and also pays homage to the classic technique of hand-colored photography. Although the colors are conceivable, they deviate from reality. The process shares other aspects with painting, being applied selectively to areas on the image. Painters will often tint shadows and highlights differently in order to give a greater illusion of depth as well as evoking an emotional response. Additionally a warm-toned subject appears to protrude from cool-toned surroundings.
From my Industrial Nudes theme. This collection of images sets the nude form against unnatural environments of concrete, chrome, mechanization, and grit. This series contemplates the contrast between the mechanical and the organic; the clean and the gritty. Even the strongest human body is slight and delicate when compared to the rigid, bulky elements of the industrial backdrops. It is, at it’s base, a commentary that compares an idealized “human as an animal” to humanity’s perpetual expansion into the nature. The theme celebrates beauty and achievement by showcasing icons of mechanization in conjunction with the splendor of the human form.
This limited edition archival photograph is made with the best quality inks on heavyweight museum-grade paper. Beautiful and long-lasting, this premium process produces exceptional contrast and crisp images. Properly displayed, this artwork will last without noticeable fading or change in color for generations (well over 100 years). A certificate of authenticity, signed by the artist, is included.
archival pigmented inks on 100% cotton acid-free artist paper