From an edition of 3 archival photographs
Signed and numbered by artist A K Nicholas
Monochrome art nudes typically prompt deeper study than full color images. The limited palette draws attention to the abstract composition in a contemplative way that full color images do not. On close inspection, this near-monochrome image has an overall warmth that invites deeper contemplation. The color scheme consists of cool grays that flow into muted earth tones that set the mood for this composition. The technique recalls my training in classic black and white chemical photographic processes that included sepia and selenium toned art nudes.
A trio of figures are each posed in a similar fashion, theatrical in nature, with expressive hand gestures and tension in the legs. In each figure, a knee is bent and a heel raised off the floor, her shift in balance is evident, adding an element of movement. Only one figure shows her face; just a sliver of her profile. The other two heads are turned away, fully cloaked in black hair.
Each figure is firmly wrapped with thick strands of twisted manila, the natural fibers of the rope fraying. The ropes suggest an element of limitation, made especially ominous by a coil around each neck. Between the dynamic poses and the symbolism of the rope is a tension between personal will and difficulty. The exploration of the rope is highly tactile, it’s fraying texture certainly felt on her skin.
The bodies are isolated by the negative space between them, but connected thematically with the rope and through the repetition of posing elements and through replication in triplicate. The layout suggests a struggle that repeats perpetually with little evolution from one to the next. This leaves us to wonder if she is in the process of overcoming her burdon.
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 photograph