122 x 81 cm | 45 x 29 in
Limited edition colour photograph on photographic paper. Total edition of 3 of 3 (last one available).
"A nude swimmer on her back against blazing blue ripples. One arm bends while the other is outstretched. A knee kicks towards the viewer, another leg lays outstretched, distorted under the swirls. Her face is angled away, relaxed back into the water, show us under her chin, closed eyes, and flowing hair. This example of female nude photography pairs delicate salmon-pink skin with the intense blue nebula around the figure.
The figure is submerged, but only shallowly. The emphasis of this image is not on depth, but on the patterns. The snaking highlights on the water’s surface encase the outstretched figure. Rather than portraying a specific person and place, this image intends to exist in the viewer’s mind.
She makes no attempt at modesty, nor does she tantalize the viewer. She is unconcerned with the viewer. Her pose is effortless and expresses a laid-back attitude. Her serene expression and smoothly flowing hair affirm this emotion.
The colors of the water are reminiscent of Lake Tahoe and Saint Lucia. Fiction relies on piecing together shreds of shared memories to form a narrative. Bright, clear blue waters evoke feelings of indulgence and luxury. However, contrary to the material extravagance implied by the title, this image is devoid of material assets. Instead, it relies on the soothing colors to set a mood of freedom and contentment.
In the realm of female nude photography, the subject matter can range from pin-up to fine art. This image resides somewhere in between. The composition celebrates the beauty of the form in a subdued way. Her allure is undeniable but presented as one portion of her entire presence."
An unapologetic celebration of the female form, the art of A K Nicholas invites the viewer to explore a dreamlike world. Photography is simply a starting point on this journey to an unknown destination. The themes reference, both in homage and critique: hedonism, patriarchy, commercialism, tradition, and strength. This chosen perspective of beauty is neither overwrought with eroticism nor obligated to modesty. To explore a genre, we must change it by contributing something new; competence, ideas, and passion alone are not enough. Always at ease with visual expression, as a second generation artist, childhood included exposure to galleries and museums in dozens of countries. Although formally trained in painting and drawing, he chose photography as best suited to convey his ideas.