This is a photograph in the classic art nude tradition, in that the nude woman is performing a commonplace activity with an element of theatricality. A nude woman swims as brilliant light streams from above. Her arched body performs just under the surface of the water. Her figure forms an arc, legs bent, arms outstretched.
On a basic level, this artwork is communion with nature. Water is essential to all and has been used symbolically throughout the history of art. The nude figure is central to the composition, framed by the expanse of blue. The motif looks to the past for inspiration but is contemporary in it’s artistic style. The photograph interprets the classic art nude in a contemporary design.
Three elements comprise this composition: The nude figure, the underwater area, and the surface. There is a clear division between the surface and the underwater, a surrogate for the horizon of a landscape. Her flowing hair and flocks of bubbles are chaotic elements that interrupt the precise lines of the body and the horizontal divide.
The turbulent white reflections above contrasts with the serine expanse of blue that surrounds the swimmer. One can imagine her silent underwater world, weightless, and carefree.
Brilliant blue tones frame the delicate hues of the nude body. At a distance, the photograph appears clear-cut. Under close observation, this image has a gentle, painterly effect with a subtle, nostalgic graininess. You are invited to inspect the detailed images to see this textured effect.