Silver Dagger

Edition of 6 ~ 20×30 inches


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


Landscape figure photography

Landscape figure photography is nude artwork depicting the human body. In this black and white photograph, a nude woman is stretched out at a shoreline. Her body glows brightly against the dark sand and patters of ripples, bridging in the space where the sea meets the sand. The composition contains a number of prominent elements. Thees design facets include a sloping horizon. a zig-zagging shoreline, the textures of sand and water, and the pose and affect of the primary subject.

The contrasting textures present in this black and white art image play a fundamental role in guiding the viewer’s eye to the figure in the surf. The shine of the light on the figure gives the skin a contrasting glow that separates her from the smooth, wet sand around her.

The primary subject of this image is a nude woman laying on her back. Her legs from her knees to her feet are in the water and her body from her hips up rests on the sand. In this way, she bridges these two regions of the image.

At first glance, the viewer may assume that she is in a moment of rest, extending her body fully against the incoming waves. Upon further observation, the viewer will notice the innate tension present within her muscles. It is as though the figure has been bracing herself against an incoming wave, or is attempting to protect herself from the hot sand underneath her.

Her pose is sensual and blissful. She squints into the light of the setting sun as the last traces of heat charge her emotions. She has a dreamy, detached expression, indicative that she is lost in the sensation of the moment. Her lips are parted and the palm of her outstretched hand lays listlessly upward.

Elements of the figure are emphasized by the lack of color while other elements of the figure are hidden by this fact. The horizontal black and white landscape gives her a measure of harmony and the chance to blend with her surroundings. Because of this, the figure appears both natural and unnatural: simultaneously able to blend into the environment while glowingly separate from it.

Grains of uncharacteristically dark sand are a distinctly visible foreground pattern in front of and near her body. Sand clings to her arms, ribcage, hips and the sides of her thighs and calves. The ripples and bubbles, foam, and ripples form a complex pattern at the lower right. This is distinct from the hazy pattern of waves in the distance.

A deep shadow under her body further defines her form against the sand. Long shadows project at an angle just past her body, disrupting the otherwise even pattern of sand as it recedes into a less-focused distance. The shapes and shadows of driftwood and sea grass further punctuate the background.

The sky at the top of the landscape figure photography is bright, nearly white. The horizon slopes downward to the right where the sand meets the water. Where the ocean meets the sky in the distance is a flat horizon. The crisp patterns fade quickly into an unsharp haze in the distance. The edge of the water zig-zags into the distance. This undulating line, the irregular horizon and other unexpected elements invite the eye to explore the scene at length.

For a more colorful option check out a landscape art nude in a desert setting.

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