Artist’s Statement

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My photography is a journey without a known destination. It is an exploration and celebration of beauty. I both pay homage to and challenge traditional ideas of beauty. I would call my style unapologetic; I favor a particular perspective of beauty rather than the full range. Although I don't portray them as outright erotic, they are without strategic concealment.

I prefer to think of myself as a maker of images; I add the distinction of “art photographer” as clarification of my medium and mode of operation. I feel the best images leave the viewer either unsure or unconcerned as to the actual medium or process by which they were produced.

I never intend my photographs to be a technical tour-de-force. I hone my craft only to the degree necessary to convey a concept. When producing art there is no requirement to follow rules, be predictable, or appeal to a mass audience.

By design, my images appeal to a select group of viewers. The allure of mass recognition is seductive, but it is also creatively hazardous. It would be easy enough to simply distill a menu of classic poses, competent photographic practices, and then apply effects that are commonly admired. Such images would be consumed, applauded without criticism, and then quickly forgotten. One of the most exciting things about any creative work is the discussion that surrounds it. For me, success is drawing the viewer in and engaging them emotionally or intellectually, whether that response be positive, negative, or inquisitive. 

I made my first gallery sale while in college and I continue to be delighted to connect with the few hundred people per year who begin or continue collecting my work. I enjoy the feedback from wide variety of people who collect my work: artists, academics, engineers and every kind of person with interesting things to say. If you'd like to peruse the books or prints, they can be found here.

A K Nicholas

A K Nicholas

I am an American-born photographer, specializing in figurative photography. My passions are collaborating with models and sharing knowledge. I've written several books that explain my techniques. You can follow me on twitter @eleganteye or find updates on Facebook. My pictorial photobooks are also available on Kickstarter
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