Original fine art nude black and white photograph
This original fine art nude black and white photograph features a woman laying in the shadow of a palm tree. This body-scape has her back turned towards us, one leg tucked under the other, an arm reached over her head. Hard leaf shadows in midday sun barely greet the edge of her body. A thick black shadow outlines the other edge of her body. Although this style of photographic image is often referred to as black and white, the composition is actually rendered in warm, almost monochromatic shades that approach sepia.
Various textures accent this black and white nude photograph. Small specks of sand stipple the subject’s back and the stone patio is dappled with water stains. The similarity between these two patterns plays a role in homogenizing the composition.
This original fine art nude black and white photograph deals with positive and negative space, form, and line. The curves of her body contrast with the angular shapes of the palm shadows. Both the body and the shadows are angled downward from right to left.
Her hips are higher in the picture plane than her head. The midrib of the palm frond is aligned with her spine. This visual agreement sets up an equilibrium between the body and the shadow.
The negative spaces between the leaf shadows are similar in shape to each other. This interplay between positive and negative space is another form of equilibrium.
Despite any academic or aesthetic conclusions the viewer may draw from this original fine art nude, the sensuality of the presentation is undeniable. The curve of the back and position of the legs emphasize the sweeping contour of the female body. Her derriere is turned to dramatize its voluptuousness.
Although we do not see her face, elements of the subject’s personality and intentions are evident. Her pose is tranquil, yet deliberate. Her outstretched hand indicates a clear intention to interact. Despite the restful implications of laying on the ground, the muscles in her back are tensed for activity.
This image was photographed at Harbour Island, The Bahamas.
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