Artist’s Statement

Since my very first gallery sale, I continue to be delighted and humbled with each new person who begins collecting my work. I feel obliged to attempt a verbal explanation of the images, but feel ill equipped to translate what I do into words.

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 hope you will enjoy the images here the way I intend them, as a celebration and exploration of beauty. I both pay homage to and challenge traditional ideas of beauty. Some people may find the images not to their liking or trite. Unapologetically, they are a particular perspective of beauty. I am unable and unwilling to produce an encyclopedic catalog of the range of human beauty, though I admire those who attempt it.

I never intend my photographs to be a technical tour-de-force. I hone my craft only to the degree necessary to convey a message. 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 a creatively hazardous. It would be easy enough to simply distill a menu of classic poses, competent photographic practices, and then apply Photoshop effects that are commonly admired. Such images would be consumed, applauded without criticism, and then quickly forgotten. For me, success is drawing the viewer in and engaging them emotionally or intellectually, whether that response be positive, negative, or inquisitive.

A K Nicholas

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

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