Japanese Photographer Shinichi Maruyama Captures Nudes in a New Way

Artists have long been fixated on the nude human form, from Titian’s post-orgasmic reclining women to Gustav Klimt’s pregnant redheads bearing it all. Now, Japanese photographer Shinichi Maruyama has produced a series of mind-bending abstract digital images of nude dancers in motion. The works are a kind of ultra-sleek, high-tech re-imagining of Marcel Duchamp’s “Nude Descending a Staircase,” if the artist had been lucky enough to own a digital camera.

The swirling, pin wheeling, and butterflied shapes of the dancers in each piece (simply titled “Nude”) are not the product of slow-motion capture, but rather composites of 10,000 photographs combined into one fluid image. They build on Maruyama’s many years working with literally fluid materials: the inks in his “Kusho” series and water in his “Water sculptures” series.

See more of Maruyama’s nudes here.


– Alanna Martinez

(Image courtesy the artist’s website.)