Underwaterfall 2/5


  • From a limited edition of 5 archival photographs
  • Signed and numbered by artist A K Nicholas
  • Image: 24×36 inches/61×91 cm
  • Paper: 26×38 inches/66×97 cm


Underwater photograph of a nude torso and limbs in a cascade of bubbles and light. The underwater pattern resembles polished stone. The impressionistic nude underwater photograph shows outstretched legs and feet and a torso below the shoulders. The swimmer is ascending, toes pointed behind her legs. Shrouded in the effects of the water, the treatment of subject is indirect with few discernible features. Her back is visible, adding to the feeling of anonymity and distance.

This image is a departure from my primary style, adopting a grainy, impressionistic pattern of color daubs. The predominant hues of blue and green are mixed with some warmer amber colors which echo the peachy tones of the figure.

One photograph from this edition is owned by a major Hollywood (horror genre) film director/writer/editor. The headless torso is a bit jarring to some, though there are multiple interpretations.

The technique employed for this impressionistic nude is an elaborate mix of natural and artificial lighting. The lights are synchronized with an underwater camera by means of a fiber-optic cable.

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