From a limited edition of 4 archival photographs
Signed and numbered by artist A K Nicholas
This composition pays tribute to the traditions of pinup and monochrome nude art photography while adding a twist of tinting. Aphrodite dries on the rocks after a dip in a mountain river. It is late afternoon, early summer. The sun is warm and the water was refreshing. An Appalachian breeze coaxes goosebumps and anticipation is in the air. Much of the summer is yet to come and new experiences lay ahead.
Though nearly monochrome, warm and cool tones emphasize the forms. The beads of water evaporating from her echo the flecks of stone near her body and dots of light in the background. Her torso is arched upward in a stretch that is more emotional than physical. Light grazes her ribs and gentle shadows define her curves.
Her head is turned, exposing an ear, jawline, and hints of cheekbone, nose, and lips. A single hand reaches above her head, exploring outside her chosen field of vision. The soft shadows and bright highlights establish the summertime atmosphere.
Influences for this artwork include Edward Weston’s monochrome nude art photography of Tina Modotti as well as black and white nude photographs by Imogen Cunningham. Both photographed nudes in nature, often cropped and faceless. I studied their work in art school and was fascinated by the interplay of form and line. The contours of the body, can be crisply outlined and the volume of the form can be defined by a smooth gradient, depending on the choice of lighting. Images that include both hard and soft shadows have always captured my imagination; the effect is achieved here using natural light, the result of skylight mixed with cloud-filtered sunlight.
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.
Archival pigment ink photograph