Beach Bum


  • From a limited edition of 6 archival photographs
  • Signed and numbered by artist A K Nicholas
  • Image: 27×18 inches/69×46 cm
  • Paper: 29×20 inches/74×51 cm



Caked in delicate, fine sand, a feminine figure stands on tiptoe on an idyllic beach. She appears to have just risen from the tousled, disturbed sand beneath her feet. This pairing of landscape and nude combines soft colors and subtly contrasting textures in the composition. She is poised for the viewer, though we get the feeling she is alone and unaware of being noticed.

Her bronze-colored skin contrasts the light background: the overcast sky, unspoiled white sands, and sliver of cerulean water. Her form is crisp and clear while the setting is hazy and dreamlike.

Patterns of soft cloud, grainy sand, and strands of hair, create this image. A wedge of foaming waves intrudes from the right edge. The center of the background is almost bleached with light, creating a sort of glow around the figure.

Her statuesque legs and subtle curves portray a subtle eroticism, punctuated by the cleft of her buttocks which stands out against the powdery-white sand. Yet she is turned away, providing a measure of modesty that counterbalances this alluring posture. The image contains many of the elements of traditional pinup: a classic pose and archetypal body, isolated against an uncluttered background.

Unconcerned with getting dirty, her carefree attitude recalls the playful demeanor of summers at the beach. Her sand-encrusted, dark chocolate hair partially obscures her face as she looks down. Paying mind to the viewer, she is serenely absorbed in the moment.

This landscape and nude composition owes as much to painting as it does to the tradition of photography. Delicate impressions of shapes and movement abandon the tradition of razor-sharp details and documentation.