This original art nude photograph depicts four nude figures stand in a line, thigh deep in water. They are nearly shoulder to shoulder, equally spaced across the image. They face away from the viewer, looking into the distance across an expanse of water. Each has her long, blond hair pulled over her right shoulder, flowing down her side. Three of the figures are nearly identical in stance and height. They lift their arms above their heads in various poses. The fourth stands out as slightly taller than the others. She poses differently, with her body angled slightly to the right and her arms lifted at chest height.
This details in this composition are neither modest nor overpoweringly sensual.
Seemingly simple, the arrangement is more than just four naked girls. There is an array of details and distinctions amongst the torsos, arms, and hair. The repetition of the forms and the balance in the image’s composition draws the viewer’s attention to the slight differences in the womens’ poses. One’s eye is drawn to the shimmering detail in the hair and the delicate texture of the figures’ skin, which is captured in brilliant sunlight.
The figures are surrounded by a balanced, harmonious, natural environment. A strong horizontal line across the image is created by a stretch of vegetation. Greenery and its dark blue shadow draw straight, colored lines across the center of the image, dividing it in half. Dark green trees dot the horizon in the distance. The upper portion of the image is filled with a cloudless sky of gradient blues. The lower half is patterned water. The ripples reflect the blue sky and the reflections of the four bodies. The peachy, warm tones of their reflections swirl and mix with the cool blue of the water.
Depicting nude women in a landscape has a long tradition in art history. In this original art nude photograph, the repetition of the figures is reminiscent of the three graces from classical mythology, a theme painted by artists such as Sandro Boticelli and Raphael.