Nudity liberates us. It presents us at our most vulnerable and our most empowered. It shows each strength and weakness of a human being, what was given at first breath and how age has enhanced or exhausted the body. It also feels exceptionally good to be nude.
In his series Nudes, New York-based photographer Shinichi Maruyama captures the fury, elegance, and mystery of a nude dancer by putting together abstract images composed from nearly 10,000 individual photos. In doing so, the dancer transforms from a person, of flesh and emotion, to a melee, of transit and transformation. Hardly more define than a tornado moving into itself, the peachy blurs formulate an other-worldly spectacle of stillness that rings as romantic as it does puzzling, as furious as it is tranquil.
According to Maruyama, “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.”
Behold the nude dancer as a transfixing eruption of spins and waves, adorned as a single moment.