5800 11500 $5,800.00 - $11,500.00
Limited edition Lambda Chromogenic Print mounted on Dibond with UV Acrylic.
Edition size: 12 (24" x 36")
Edition size: 8 (40" x 60")
“Agua Nacida,” meaning “water born” in Spanish, is a unique collection of large-scale underwater nudes by renowned fashion and beauty photographer Hugh Arnold. Amidst the unspoiled depths of the seas surrounding the islands of Fiji and Gozo, Arnold was inspired in part by the human life cycle. “Agua Nacida” explores the beauty of the human form and a symbolic transition from womb to womanhood, taking us on a parallel journey beneath the surface of the sea and our soul’s hidden waters. Immersed in the playfulness and sensuality of water, the swimmers express the cycles of Woman through fluidity of movement: the womb's embrace, growth, discovery, sexuality, and of course, beauty. Arnold's work provokes and invokes. It arouses reflection and understanding of man's connection to a greater and larger world.
The evocative collection that reflects the ocean as a feminine element is captured in stunning imagery recreated as Lambda C-prints.
Lambda printing is a unique printing process in the field of photography. Combining the continuous tone of traditional chromogenic prints (also known as "C-Prints") with the control of today's digital printing, Lambda prints, or Digital C Types, are often considered to be some of the most beautiful and accurate prints available. Like a C-Print, the image becomes embedded in the emulsion, meaning that no ink or dot patterns are visible as in standard digital inkjet printing. The prints are generally high gloss, transparent, or metallic, allowing for even greater clarity, sharpness, and color saturation than other photographic processes.
AGUA NACIDA by HUGH ARNOLD
"The moment you submerge yourself in water, no matter who you are, the ego disappears and you touch the true essence of your nature. It’s almost like going back to the beginning, being reborn..."
Hugh Arnold was born in Chester, England and trained as an actor before being enticed into the world of photography by the light and natural outdoor elements of Australia.After being offered a contract by Australian Vogue, he returned to Europe, doing his first job exclusively with Armani for Per Lui and Lei with Franca Sozzani in Milan. More pages followed, which was the ticket to open doors worldwide. He met Hamish Bowles at the collections in Paris who asked him to shoot Carla Bruni for Harpers and Queen, subsequently working for various magazines such as Vogue, Tatler, Conde Nast Traveller, Glamour, etc. Soon after, he started shooting worldwide beauty campaigns for L'Oreal, Pantene, Wella, Max Factor, Nivea, and La Perla.
Hugh's exploration of photography as an art form has allowed him to develop creatively without commercial constraint, photographing "Underwater Nudes." He learned to scuba dive in Egypt, equipped himself with the best quality equipment, and flew to Australia to pursue his mission. Cold Antarctic currents, poor visibility, box jellyfish, and sharks all conspired to push him further afield to Fiji where he shot until storms made diving impossible. Lured by the Tuna rearing pens in Gozo, an island off the coast of Malta, he continued his mission with supermodels Nika Lauraitis and Polina Barbasova.