Fine art photography of A K Nicholas. I produce photobooks and limited edition prints.
I hope you will enjoy the images I produce as a celebration and exploration of beauty. I both pay homage to and challenge traditional ideas of beauty. Unapologetically, they are a particular perspective of beauty. I am unable and unwilling to produce an encyclopedic catalog of the range of human beauty, though I admire those who attempt it.
Since my very first sale of artwork, I continue to be delighted and humbled with each of the few hundred people per year who begin or continue collecting my work. I enjoy hearing feedback from wide variety of people who collect my work: artists, academics, engineers and everyone with interesting things to say.
I prefer to think of myself as a maker of images; I add the distinction of “art photographer” as clarification of my medium and mode of operation. I feel the best images leave the viewer either unsure or unconcerned as to the actual medium or process by which they were produced.
I never intend my photographs to be a technical tour-de-force. I hone my craft only to the degree necessary to convey a message. When producing art there is no requirement to follow rules, be predictable, or appeal to a mass audience.
By design, my images appeal to a select group of viewers. The allure of mass recognition is seductive, but it is also a creatively hazardous. It would be easy enough to simply distill a menu of classic poses, competent photographic practices, and then apply Photoshop effects that are commonly admired. Such images would be consumed, applauded without criticism, and then quickly forgotten. One of the most exciting things about any creative work is the discussion that surrounds it. For me, success is drawing the viewer in and engaging them emotionally or intellectually, whether that response be positive, negative, or inquisitive.