Guard Tower Malibu 2/5

30×20 inches ~ Edition of 5


  • From a limited edition of 5 archival photographs
  • Signed and numbered by artist Aaron Knight
  • Image: 30×20 inches/76×51 cm
  • Paper: 32×22 inches/81×56 cm


Monochrome art nude photograph

A solitary female figure stands under a lifeguard tower near Malibu California in this monochrome art nude photograph. Her gaze is directed upward although not so high as to reveal the underside of her chin. She appears to be lost in thought or caught up in the moment. Dark hair sweeps in front of one shoulder and half obscures her chest. Her weight is distributed between all limbs, with one hand on a ladder and the other on a support beam. A shifted posture of her hips imply this off-center balance.

This monochrome art nude photograph is nearly black and white, with hints of warm and cool (brown and blue) tones. It is inspired by the allure of the female form.

A ladder, visible behind the figure, merges with the upper left corner on the frame. Support beams intersect the the bottom and right. These angular lines form repeated rectangles of negative space (sky and background). They also create wedge shapes that guide the eye through the composition.

The eight rungs of the ladder converge slightly, in a hint of perspective. The steel beams in the immediate foreground demonstrate a bit of depth. Except for these elements, and the faint horizon, the image is otherwise flat. The emphasis on two dimensionality in the composition demonstrates the influence of other two-dimensional media, such as painting and illustration.

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