In this artistic nude image, a body floats in clear, blue water. Her body is stretched out and contorted, reminiscent of a dancer’s pose in mid-air. She is weightless, directionless. With her head tilted back, one arm is flung upward as the other reaches back to meet her left ankle. Her other leg extends in the opposite direction, as though kicking off. Arching her back, her face, left shoulder, and breast emerge above the surface. Her left ankle, kicked back, also peeks out of the water. She welcomes the dappled sunlight that illuminates her skin. She tilts her head back and her hair floats out behind her, coloring the water with shades of henna and chestnut.
The water surrounding the figure is captured in a play of light. Hues of darker and lighter blue swirl together. The sunlight glints off the surface of the water and bright, white droplets cling to her skin. Dark and light tints of blue suggest the clouds that float in the sky above. The rich textures and streaks of light through the water create a sense of motion and form an abstract background for the striking figure.
The pale skin, covered by water, is slightly blurred by patterns and textures of light. One’s eye is drawn to the figure’s face, which, caught in profile, carries a calm, serene expression and is visible in sharp focus. This tranquil look contrasts with the dynamic pose of her outstretched body. There is energy and movement to her extended limbs. It is as though she is arching toward the surface of the water and finding an energetic release. She feels the air on her skin before diving back below the surface.
This artistic nude image is part of A.K. Nicholas’ series of swimmers but its composition is distinct. The strikingly contorted figure fills the expanse of blue, bringing her exhilaration close to us.