A K Nicholas: Photographic Hallucination
For A K Nicholas, photography is only a starting point, departing from traditional photography’s role as factual communication to create fiction. The artist’s imagination leads us on an expedition, mapping new territory in a dream-like world. At first, these photographic hallucinations seem real; the subjects and colors are plausible. Look closer and the invention is revealed.
Delicate tones, vibrant colors, or subtle gradations mimic classic hand-colored photography. Inspired by oil painting, highlights and shadows are embellished with opposing hues of warm and cool to shape the illusion of depth and to set a mood. Golden-toned figures protrude from icy blue textures or stand starkly against plain backgrounds. Subtle alterations leave the viewer questioning how much is truthful.