Figurative photography art
Available figurative photography, art by A. K. Nicholas. This is a black and white limited edition archival photograph. It is hand signed and numbered, accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.
A solitary female figure lays, oriented vertically, with her head near the bottom of the composition. Eight square pavers illustrate lines of perspective. Her body is foreshortened, her contours emphasized by a strong shadow to one side.
Her arms are outstretched in the general direction of the viewer. Between her arms, her hair lays on the ground in the same direction. The figure extends from the top to lower edges of the image, tightly framed on these sides, with ample space to the left and right. This angle does not create an orderly fit between the and the photographic proportions. This particular use of space emphasizes the arrangement of the figure within the surrounding elements, rather than simply framing the body for the photograph.
Bright sunlight is apparent, depicting the setting as summer. Pebbles between the slabs of pavement create a tight, repeating pattern. The tones are predominantly middle grays, with few highlights, creating a somber, contemplative mood. The texture of the small, irregular pieces of rock contrast with the smooth square paving stones.
Despite the undercurrent of charisma, this treatment invites the viewer to examine the abstract elements rather than merely stare at her.