Size: 36"W x 24"H x 0.1"D
Year Created: 2017
Underwater photograph of a nude torso and limbs in a cascade of bubbles and light. The texture could almost be a piece of polished stone.
You are invited on a journey without a known destination. Explore and celebrate beauty through these images. The approach to the body is unapologetic, with no obligation for modesty, however they are not outright erotic. Pay homage to traditional ideas one minute and challenge them the next.
I prefer to think of myself as a maker of images; “art photographer” is a clarification of my medium and method of creation. I feel the best images leave the viewer either unsure or unconcerned as to the actual medium or process by which they were produced.
I never intend my photographs to be a technical tour-de-force. I hone my craft only to the degree necessary to convey a concept. When producing art there is no requirement to follow rules, be predictable, or appeal to a mass audience.
By design, my images appeal to a select group of viewers. The allure of mass recognition is seductive, but it is also creatively hazardous. It would be easy enough to simply distill a menu of classic poses, competent photographic practices, and then apply effects that are commonly admired. Such images would be consumed, applauded without criticism, and then quickly forgotten. One of the most exciting things about any creative work is the discussion that surrounds it. For me, success is drawing the viewer in and engaging them emotionally or intellectually, whether that response be positive, negative, or inquisitive.
A K Nicholas was born in the United States and raised in the Middle East. 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. "I feel the most successful images leave the viewer either unsure or unconcerned as to the precise process of production."