Limited edition photography
This is limited edition photography of a solitary female nude against an industrial backdrop. The artwork measures 36 inches/91 cm in height and 24 inches/61 cm wide. At this scale, the figure appears an impressive three-quarters life size, or larger.
She lays, seemingly motionless, in the cool afternoon sun. Light bathes her outstretched body. She is rendered in tones of dove gray that descend into rich shadows. Her curious position foreshortens the body, revealing her face, arm, chest, and one thigh.
Her skin is smooth, but the overall image texture is grainy and gritty. Beyond the focus on her face, her body dissolves into softness and it blurs into the background near her knee. A continuous arc divides the image where concrete abuts the sky. Tufts of trees in the distance balance out the dark tones that punctuate the foreground.
Her face expresses intensity, absorbed in the tactile sensation of the cold ground, warm sun and the sensual expression of her posture. She cradles her head against one arm. Her hair flows from her head, wraps around her arm, and spills onto the rough ground. The other arm stretches to the top of the concrete barrier.
This composition contains three competing textures. Her hair forms wavy lines that chase each other in semi-parallel waves. Her face, neck and arm are silky with faint freckles. The foreground is filled with the grit of brushed concrete. Amorphous shapes inhabit the distant background.
A knee and thigh are raised in a carefree exhibition. Yet, our vantage point leaves much of the display to our imagination.
This limited edition photography employs Knight’s tonal alteration technique. This process resembles the grayscale of black and white photography, with subtle near-neutral colors strategically mixed in.
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