Incandescent

$640

  • 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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Art-ID: PS3_007058 Category: Collections: ,

The female form in photography presents both challenge and opportunity. An extremely challenging or beautiful subject eases the artists task of creating a memorable image. Alexis embodies the heat of the moment with her pose. Some embrace the incandescent glow while others cannot stand it. This image is obviously for those who stand apart.

Sun so intense that everything seems to glow with heat. Perspiration is a given. From tiny beads to long streaks, the liquid catches the light. Multiple beads roll down her legs, torso, breasts, and face.

The white wall contrast with her skin and the surface glares with the heat. Her dark skin also seems to radiate. She is at once vulnerable and secure. Undaunted by the warmth of the sun or the gaze of the viewer. Her posture shows her at rest and exerting effort simultaneously. Her back is flat on the ground, legs raised in the air. Her pose is deliberate: legs aligned to form half of a zig-zag shape; one arm aligned with her torso.

Delicate patterns adorn the wall except where it gives way to blinding light. Dark tufts of hair add shadowy texture at the other end of the tonal range. Her earring compliments the rolling beads by catching the sun’s light.

Depictions of the female form in photography can be static or dynamic. This overall composition is static. The nude woman is approximately centered, with equal amounts of negative space on all four sides. There is a strong diagonal that disrupts this symmetry. A line from her feet and calves, through her face and right hand divide the design. Straight, horizontal, and vertical edges of the wall behind her add structure to the image.

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