Art photography: Women poolside
In this art photograph, two women lie poolside in opposite directions, one elevated on a diving board, the other with her legs dipped in the water. One is flat on her back, the other propped up on her arms. This formal composition is sparse and simple, but rich with tiny details.
The women are both nude, and their skin is glistening in the sun. The diving board is a dazzling white. The framing shows only part of the pool and surrounding pavement. The remainder of the scenery beyond the frame is left to our imagination.
Seemingly simple at first glance, subtle details await close inspection of the art photography, women, and their surroundings. Shadows and reflections form crisp shapes of blue in the water. Three yellow leaves float on the surface. Each figure wears a necklace and earrings. The uniform areas of concrete are interrupted by a few straight lines. A single plant sprouts from one of these.
From the corner of the pool, a diagonal line shows the corner between the sloping underwater walls. On one underwater surface, we see the shadow of the diving board.
The color palette is predominantly the earth tones throughout this art photography, the women and pavement dominating and the blue of the water complimenting this. The diving board and the brick border divide the image approximately into quadrants. Perspective renders the upper portion unequal to the lower one.
The mood of the image is static, with undertones of a deeper story. The women are remarkable for their beauty, and their thoughts seem to be lost in the moment. The diving board is a reminder of the potential for fun or possible danger. The cracked concrete could suggest that things are not as perfect as they seem, or may not remain that way. The tiny plant that has managed to grow through the cracks of the concrete could symbolize hope.
This fine art image was made with a medium format digital camera and has been digitally prepared by the artist. Medium format photography refers to the use of cameras that use digital backs which are larger than the full frame format that is commonly used in consumer photography.