Nager Nu


  • 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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A skinny dipper is a skinny dipper in French or English and at any stage of life. The human form in art photography takes on any of various themes. This brown-haired swimmer makes her way across brilliant, crystalline water. Sunlight dances on the surface, creating an almost psychedelic swirling pattern. The highlights are progressively lighter and more plentiful towards the right portion of the image. Most of her figure is submerged, blurring her outline.

The water distorts the human form and she influences the water. Liquid is both easily influenced and endlessly powerful. The patterns of water lend themselves well to the aesthetics of art photography.

Only the her face and part of her hair peeks out from the water.  The vantage point and cropping give the feeling of viewing from afar.  The brilliant golden-brown hue of her hair punctuate the deep blues. Her composure is serene and focused. This tranquility is echoed in the gentle surface reflections.

Dating to Renaissance art, the association between the female form and water has been prevalent. Influences for this theme include victorian oil paintings such as The Oceanides by Gustave Dore. When a woman is shown interacting with the water – in this case, by swimming – it adds an entirely new element to the piece. The viewer can see how the water changes the shape of the human form, and vice-versa through art photography.

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