Since the dawn of the photographic age artists have been obsessed with the ways in which a cameraman can play with the perception of motion and time. In the 19th century Eadweard Muybridge used photography to win a bet by capturing an image of a horse galloping in order to prove that all it’s legs left the ground at once, now Shinichi Maruyama is presenting the opposite.
Rather than freezing a single instant of motion into an image, NY-based Maruyama combines thousands of stills of a nude dancer to create a ‘a photograph’ that displays a whole swathe of motion in time.
‘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’.
The series, entitled nude, echoes the artist’s Japanese heritage in it’s swirling brushstroke appearance. This effect is also present in Maruyama’s earlier work with water sculptures.
Via This Is Colossal