This oversized nude photograph makes a statement, bursting with energy in tones of electric blues and effervescent whites. Sweeping lines radiate out from the diver. Plunging into the water is a metaphor for a sudden transition; somewhat with abandon short of recklessness. It is a celebration of exhilaration, a carefree lifestyle where one reaps the rewards of taking risks while others stand on the sidelines. Whether you bask in the pleasure of adventure or purely enjoy dreaming of daring exploits, this oversized nude photograph applauds a lifestyle that is unafraid of experiences.
Only half of the figure, from posterior to toe, is visible; the rest of the figure has plunged into the water. The legs are rendered in a rosy warmth. Her body is lean and toned, with her ethnicity somewhat enigmatic. Central to the intensity of the image are kinetic and temporal elements: this is a body in motion, action precedes the current moment, and more is to come. It is undeniably a moment of transition.
The athletic figure and focus on the buttocks are decidedly erotic, but careful placement of water and reflections prevent this oversized nude photograph from being explicit. The amount of space occupied by the figure is deceptively small, but not lost due to the large scale of the image. Emphasis remains on the body due to the simplicity of the negative space.
There are myriad influences for composition, mostly from paintings, but chiefly David Hockney’s painting, A Bigger Splash. Though divergent in this image are the absence of California luxury or any exotic reference at all. The feelings of abundance and well-being are conveyed through the clarity and intensity of the color rather than the trappings of physical possessions portrayed in Hockney’s painting.