Emily on the Bridge 2/10


  • From a limited edition of 10 archival photographs
  • Signed and numbered by artist A K Nicholas
  • Image: 20×15.75 inches/51×40 cm
  • Paper: 22×17.75 inches/56×45 cm
  • Shipped unframed in a sturdy, double-walled tube




A deserted bridge, a creative model, and an imposing concrete slab create dynamic, intersecting lines that draw the viewer’s eyes through this piece. Emily’s outstretched limbs overlap with the curving line of the wall of concrete, simultaneously creating balance and tension. Her soft form contrasts drastically with the cold, unornamented concrete mass that stretches behind her. The lack of color apparent in the photograph is interrupted briefly by the soft, muted tone of the sky.

Emily strikes a clever pose and is framed by curvature receding into the background. Her dynamic figure stretches as if sliding off into the distance. She extends her arms in an admiration of the texture of the gray wall. The muted color, which communicates a somber tone, is punctuated by the color of the sky which sheds light on the cold, unfeeling concrete bridge in the background. The shadows cast by Emily’s pose add to the sense of mystery.

The theme of the piece is industrial nude. This theme explores the human form in an unnatural environment, which can sometimes be a jarring contrast. But in Emily’s case, her form gracefully assimilates into her inhospitable surroundings. The sweeping lines of the barricade are an elegant complement to the curvature of a woman’s body. Softened by their lack of focus, the trees in the distance suggest the presence of nature at the edge of humanity’s intrusion. Emily’s human form more generally reflects the mix of the two opposing/integrating forces (yin and yang.)

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