Emily and Pelican

Edition of 5 ~ 22×22 inches


  • From a limited edition of 5 archival photographs
  • Signed and numbered by artist Aaron Knight
  • Image: 22×22 inches/56×56 cm
  • Paper: 24×24 inches/61×61 cm


In this outdoor art nude photograph, a single figure stands thigh-deep in water. A bird flies in the distance, soon to leave the frame of view. Nearby marsh grasses and trees define the horizon between water and sky.

This is a mostly static composition, with a few asymmetrical features. The horizontal of vegetation line is prominent, dark, and almost completely strait. The vertical line of the human figure and the horizon intersect slightly below the center of the square.

A statuesque nude woman stands in the center of the design. Emily’s posture and expression are confident and at ease. The subtle arch of her back and emphasis of her curves, however, indicate an awareness that she is the center of our attention.

Curiously, the woman and the bird face away from each other. The scant tufts of tree foliage appear mostly to the left of the figure. This, combined with her head turned left, directs the viewer’s attention to this portion of the image. The right half is balanced by the lone bird. Despite it’s distance, it stands out in the otherwise featureless sky.

The predominant tones are blues, fading into grays near the horizon and in the water. The lower portion of the sky transitions to a yellowish green. The colors of the vegetation, mixing greens and yellows complements the sky. The golden tones of the nude woman stand out in contrast to these cool-toned surroundings.

The elements of this outdoor art nude photograph exist at three distinct distances: the nude, the bird, and the vegetation. The water and sky serve as negative space (a relatively blank stage) for these characters to reside.


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