Calm Again

$650.00

  • From a limited edition of 5 archival photographs
  • Signed and numbered by artist A. K. Nicholas
  • Image: 20×30 inches/51×76 cm
  • Paper: 22×32 inches/56×81 cm

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This artistic nude figure photography depicts a female protagonist poses on the shore with a piece of gauzy white fabric. A thin layer of clouds echoes the delicacy of the cloth. The image is divided into nearly equal halves by the horizon, and vertically by the character, who appears about a quarter of the way in from the left. The thin dark band of water through the middle adds depth, hinting that we might see forever but for the curvature of the earth.

A streak of blue appears between the clouds. Her arms are raised to the skies. Tufts of beach grass line up with the diagonal line of the bottom of the fabric. The swath of blue in the clouds, the extended arms, the shadow under the material, and the beach grass help pull the viewer’s eyes back to the protagonist.

She strikes a twisting, off-axis pose, with her hips angled one way and her shoulders another. The line of her crossed legs echoes that of her extended arms and the line of the cloth between her hands. Her head is turned sharply to the side, displaying short, riotous curls of hair as she observes the shoreline. The feathery clouds, flowing fabric, and gentle bend in the beachgrass all suggest a delicate breeze.

Holding the fabric behind her body, the female character may be in the midst of announcing or concealing herself, or perhaps just enjoying the sensation of the material in the wind. Shells, rocks, driftwood, and other fragments dot the sand, creating a foreground texture that contrasts with the smooth surfaces of the subject’s body and the silky textile she holds.

The soft colors and ambient lighting in this artistic nude figure photography contribute to the ethereal feel. The scene avoids an explicit connotation despite the subject’s nudity. Rather, it feels like a revelation and celebration of the female form in a natural context. The subject’s eyes and mouth are softly open, as if she was candidly captured in the middle of a movement. Facing us with partially crossed legs, she balances constraint with charisma. She makes no apologies for her nakedness and does not seek to engage with the viewer through eye contact.

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