Ezra H. Murray for Art-Sheep
Photographer Dane Shitagi is looking into the beautiful elegance of ballet dancers and through his lens he takes on a journey in the city streets. The result of this endeavour is a series of photographs named “Ballerina Project”. Instead of being enclosed in a studio, Shitagi chooses to take pictures of his subjects out in the streets, creating scenes that are influenced by the roughness and the general mood of the city.
Alluring dancers strike balletic poses in the middle of the fuss of the city streets, their beautiful figures utterly contrasting the raw forms of the urban landscape. The photographer not only captures the ballerina’s adroit dance positions in each picture, but also apprehends her mental state, spirit and love for the art of ballet.
The “Ballerina Project” began in Honolulu, Hawaii some 14 years ago and since then has evolved staggeringly while Shitagi still keeps his style of extraordinary and genteel visual arrangements. Adding to its traditional film aesthetic, the project now includes digital photography and is also taken to the streets of New York, Boston and Toronto. After gathering an extremely large following on Facebook, the “Ballerina Project” is now available on other social media sites, one of them being Instagram with a quite dazzling feed.