Head Deep

$650.00

  • From a limited edition of 6 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 limited-edition nude art photograph features a female protagonist swimming deep in stunningly cobalt water. She is suspended with her head and upper body nearly skimming the bottom of the pool and her legs splayed up behind her. The sunlight refracts through the water, dappling and striating the subject’s body and the floor and walls of the pool.

Her nude body forms an “X” with her outstretched arms and legs, which is mirrored by the “X” of her shadow on the pool floor. Her form is loosely centered in the composition, although she is captured slightly from the side. The cool azure water contrasts sharply with the subject’s warm skin and hair tones.

Her limbs are splayed but not flexed, suspended in the quiet water. Her toes are pointed and her fingers gracefully reach out. Her eyes are closed and her hair billows around her head.

No bubbles are emitted from her mouth or nose; she is in an ephemeral state before breathing has become urgent; she soaks in her weightlessness in the fluid quiet of the deep. The impossibility of remaining indefinitely submerged contrasts with the permanence of the photograph.

The bottom of the pool is highly patterned with sunlight refractions, lighter than the walls that curve up around the female form. This natural vignette coaxes the eye back to the center of the image, as do the subject’s radiating limbs.

A soft grainy effect lends the artwork a timeless feel and emphasizes the impermanence of the scene. It provides some texture to an otherwise smooth pool surface and the heroine’s sleek skin.

Although the subject is nude, the scene is neither erotic nor explicit. It is a celebration of the female form without being overtly sensual.

Considerations

This image is a departure from A. K.’s primary style. Throughout this artwork is a soft grainy/gritty effect. This effect is most pronounced in the corners. These aspects can be examined prior to purchase by fully zooming in on each preview.

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