Friday, March 01, 2013

Found: Nude Timelapse

Aren't these images incredible? It's been entirely way too long since I've shared some art with you, and these are just too beautiful to keep all to myself.

New York based photographer Shinichi Maruyama created these awe-inspiring images using nearly 10,000 photographs of a nude dancer in motion. Don't they look like paintings? I find myself getting lost in each image, following the elegant, flowing lines, trying to get a glimpse of the body buried in the movement. Here's what he had to say about this series...

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.

Here's a few of my favourites...

More of Shinichi's work can be found on his website.

P.S. More art finds here, here, and here.


  1. Absolutely gorgeous!! A grad student at my school did a series of still lifes-in-motion, and it had a similar effect, but the monochromatic use of a nude, plus the fluidity of the body is just so delicate and elegant. Wow!

  2. These are breathtaking!

  3. Absolutely amazing. I love seeing the glimpses here and there of human form mixed with the fluidity of the structure!

    :D KC

  4. What a great find! Such great representation of movement - love love love!

  5. This really does look like pottery on a wheel to me. Calling to mind the "potter's hands" metaphor... You have a lovely, inspiring site here. Thank you. Lynaea @