Five Sign


  • From a limited edition of 6 gelatin silver photographs + 1 artist proof
  • Selenium toned, archival process
  • Signed and numbered by artist A. K. Nicholas
  • Image: 22×18 inches/56×46 cm
  • Paper: 24×20 inches/61x51cm


B&W photography nude woman

This is traditional B&W photography of a nude woman, hand produced in a darkroom through wet-chemical processing. Enlarged from a black and white 120 film negative, shot on a Hasselblad 500C/M film camera, no Photoshop or other software was involved.

In this limited-edition photograph, the nude female subject sits on the edge of a loveseat, revealing five fingers in total on both hands. Her legs are spread, her toes pointed and calves flexed in a classic pin-up pose. The subject’s facial expression is pensive and her gaze rests up and to the left, avoiding eye contact with the viewer.

The composition is largely symmetrical, with a series of horizontal patterns and lines drawing the eye always back to the subject. The repeating patterns of the brick wall in the background and the tufting of the sofa combine with the angular lines of the furniture’s overall shape to reinforce this horizontal visual pathway. The subject’s thighs and shoulders create yet more parallel lines. As the brick wall hints, this image was photographed in a repurposed industrial building in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn.

The subject’s torso leans slightly to her right, with her head tilted gently to her left. Her thick hair is swept over one shoulder, balancing her pose. Her hands and deep shadows keep the photograph just shy of explicit, although she shows no shame in her nakedness. Her fingers display the number five, though she interestingly uses four fingers of one hand and one finger of the other hand. Since she doesn’t meet the viewer’s eye, it’s ambiguous whether this is an intentional message or just how her hands landed on the cushion. The key worn around her neck only adds to the mystery, prompting the viewer to wonder what exactly it unlocks.

This image was shot on a Hasselblad 500 cm film camera and developed and printed by hand in the darkroom by the artist. There was no Photoshop nor any other digital alteration involved. The limited-edition photograph is monochromatic, which, in combination with the spartan setting, serves to remove distractions and allow the viewer to fully focus on and appreciate the subject’s form. The quality of the light and the decision to shoot on film give this image a soft painterly effect, with only a few dark areas to provide contrast.


This photograph is shipped flat. This item may require additional fulfillment time before shipment. This is a hand-produced analog photograph; variations are normal evidence of the manual process. The edges may have a slight curl or exhibit drying clamp marks at the corners.

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