Potential Energy

Edition of 6 ~ 30×20 inches


  • From a limited edition of 6 archival photographs
  • Signed and numbered by artist Aaron Knight
  • Image: 30×20 inches/76×51 cm
  • Paper: 32×22 inches/81×56 cm


Figurative art photography

This figurative art photography combines pinup with figure portraiture. Two women stand unclad with two machines for dispensing sources of energy. A vintage coke machine and a gas pump are positioned an arm’s length apart.

A mahogany complected woman with brunette hair poses in front of the Coke machine to the left of center. She occupies much of the space in front of the vending unit, with her back to the viewer. Her head is turned to show part of her face, which gazes in the direction of a second nude figure, standing sideways to us, braced between both machines. Her legs are crossed at the knee and her back heel is lifted with her toe hovering off the ground.

Her lifted heel and crossed knee are just two of many small gestures of activity throughout her body. Her posterior is angled low on the left and high on the right in sequence with her relaxed left leg and taut right leg. The musculature of her arms and back are similarly well-defined.

A fair-complected woman with blonde hair bridges the gap between the two machines. She stands roughly in the center of the image. She is decidedly static, in contrast to the first figure. One heel and her hindquarters are pressed against the gas pump. Her left hand and right arm are braced atop the Coke machine.

Both figures sport short hairstyles and high heeled shoes.

Hues of orange, rose, and cool blue-grays dominate the background. Yellow lines on the floor extend from the bottom edge of the picture to the automobile in the background. The lines converge toward an unseen vanishing point in the distance.

A faded glass globe proclaims Phillips 66 Bengal Green Gasoline, atop the Tokheim Flite-Fuel gas pump. The adjacent Coke machine bears the distinctive red and white colors, although the logo is hidden. The top quarter of the machine is painted white and the lower portion is faded red. Rust and flaking paint are apparent on the trim, corners, and various panels.

In melding the pinup motif with nude portraiture, this figurative art photography presents various aesthetic and compositional elements along with narrative elements to appeal to both the spirit and intellect of the art photography collector.

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