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Maruyama: Nudes in Motion

Laurie says:

These remarkable photographs of nude dancers in motion are by Shinichi Maruyama. They are composed of innumerable shots of the dancers. The technique and the concept are as impressive as the images themselves.

I first saw them on dreamboom:


japanese photographer shinichi maruyama is well known for his colliding liquid photography – immortalizing moments split seconds before they are lost to gravity. in his latest body of work, ‘nude’, maruyama continues his exploration of movement through photography – re-envisioning the language of traditional nude artwork and combining this with a reference to time.

the abstract striding limbs create almost painterly strokes across a hidden canvas –  a sweep of flesh filling space. the conceptual artistic interrogation reminds one of the beauty of the human body, not through form, but through the ethereal capacity of human motion – reminding one of the power of dance, theatre and gesture.

Maruyama says … I tried to capture the beauty of both the human body’s figure and its motion. The figure in the image, which is formed into something similar to a sculpture, is created by combining 10,000 individual photographs of a dancer.

By putting together uninterrupted individual moments, the resulting image as a whole will appear to be something different from what actually exists. With regard to these two viewpoints, a connection can be made to a human being’s perception of presence in life.


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