Dane Shitagi has been crafting the Ballerina Project series of photographs over the past ten years. In his own words, the project is "not “dance photography” but an etching of a ballerinas heart and emotions". After admiring his pictures for years, we approached him for an interview and eventually we realized it made more sense, once again, to let the pictures speak their universal and emotional language...
While selecting them, we tried to cover as many facets of his art as possible, however, we urge you to go even deeper into his work with the links we provide at the end of the article.
We'll leave you with this quote learned from a stunning London yoga professor:
Life is the Dancer and you are the Dance...
The Ballerina Project started in Hawaii with the below picture
So we will dedicate a few pictures to this incredible land
We will give the last word to NY with this picture which
epitomizes so well the dancer and landscape love story
Though we did not publish any interview, we thank infinitely Dane for the long conversation we had in August, which helped us shape this selection.
Dane Shitagi is a New York City-based photographer. Originally from Honolulu, Dane had dreams of becoming a photographer from a very young age and soon began to work professionally in photography at the age of 15. He moved to New York in 1996, taking inspiration from the sights & sounds of the city as well as the energy & diverse arts that thrive here. Rather than molding his ideas to the studio setting, he has taken his creativity and inspiration from the world outside – preferring the rawness and atmosphere that only a living city can bring. In addition to the Ballerina Project, Dane has photographed personalities such as fashion designer Gaby Basura, writer Plum Sykes & socialite Tinsley Mortimer for American Vogue Magazine. He also works for a number of commercial clients including Sony Ericcson, Capezio, & Fujifilm.