Deep Hush (mmxx)


  • From a limited edition of 3 archival photographs + 1 artist’s proof
  • Signed and numbered by artist A. K. Nicholas
  • Image: 32×48 inches/81×122 cm
  • Paper: 34×50 inches/86×127 cm



Water makes for unusual art nude photography. The figure, water, and light all move to create distinct patterns. Sunlight dances on the surface, creating an almost psychedelic swirling pattern. The highlights are progressively lighter and more plentiful towards the right portion of the image. These interconnected shapes follow the principles of perspective, becoming smaller in the distance. Immediately around the figure, smaller ripples express her movement through the water.

The human form in art photography can take any of various themes. This brown-haired swimmer makes her way across brilliant, crystalline water. Most of her figure is submerged, blurring her outline. The distortions created by water challenges our notion of a photograph as a clear, informative document. The projection of light and shadow onto the body further disguise the exact shape of her form. Regardless of these distortions, the composition contains erotic undertones, with the curves and clefts of her form discernable.

The water distorts the human form and she influences the water. Liquid is both easily influenced and endlessly powerful. The patterns of water lend themselves well to the aesthetics of art photography.

Only the her face and part of her hair peeks out from the water.  The vantage point and cropping give the feeling of viewing from afar.  The brilliant golden-brown hue of her hair punctuate the deep blues. Her composure is serene and focused. This tranquility is echoed in the gentle surface reflections in this unusual art nude photography.

Dating to Renaissance art, the association between the female form and water has been prevalent. Influences for this theme include victorian oil paintings of nymphs in the water.

This image depicts a figure moving through an uniform region of pattern. Compare this to female nude photography of a figure floating in a spotlight.

This image was chosen by the photography editor of Italian Vogue for display on the Photovogue site.

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