As the title suggests, this is a study of the nude figure in light and dark. The digital multi-chromatic technique used is mostly monochromatic with a digital nod to traditional techniques such as sepia, selenium, platinum, and palladium that impart subtle tones. Models Narza (dark skin, in the center) and Tess (light skin, in shadow at left) contrast in pose and tone. One factor that fascinates me about this image is that the models, despite having drastically different skin tones, appear to have no difference in skin color due to the variations in lighting. This reminds me that our perception of race is based on context. The compelling nature of light, or lack thereof, on exposed flesh, makes for an interesting exploration of the different aspects of the human form. This image can be as suggestive as it is circumspect.
This image was selected for the 2016 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition at the City Gallery of Charleston South Carolina (US).