Shinichi Maruyama Photographs Nude Dancers With Long Exposures And Creates Interesting Results

Shinichi Maruyama Photographs Nude Dancers With Long Exposures And Creates Interesting Results

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Shinichi Maruyama is a fine art photographer based in New York City who specializes in abstract images which feature natural forms captured in a variety of ways. For one of his most recent projects, Shinichi photographed nude dancers using long exposure photography to create some very interesting (and beautiful, to boot) images. I haven't seen dancers photographed this way before, and it was definitely a breath of fresh air. It's interesting to see how fluid and smooth the motions of the figures are, and how it translates into a two-dimensional medium.

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Captivating! Simply amazing images!


These aren't just interesting these are badass!  Love'em!

Chris Rakoczy's picture

I'm trying to figure out the technique.... perhaps shooting video to get a very high frame rate, then stacking tons of images with a particular Blend Mode in Photoshop... they look oddly solid, yet wonderfully fluid.

That's what I noticed too. They do look rather solidified for long exposure images. What ever technique is used, I want to know it, cause it is captivating!

Chris Rakoczy's picture

Interesting additional info on PetaPixel, as noted below. Also, I wonder if they were shot against a dead black background and composited against a virtual gray backdrop, since there are darker edges and shadows than I would expect with any additive sort of blending.

awerllow's picture

Nope! No boobies, not nude...

Devanshu Arya's picture

 Yes exactly my point.

That the figures are nude seems irrelevant other than for hue uniformity, so I'm glad to read the minimal emphasis FS placed on that fact.  I love the absence of translation, too - I think movement across the frame might have taken away from the gorgeous forms of gyration/rotation.  I would love to see exploration of differing skin tones and lighting angles.  I'm not sure why but several invoke a sense of listening.

Its very difficult to figure this one out!  I cant get my head around how they aren't transparent like typical long exposure motion.  I'd love to know how it was done.


Michael Henry's picture

Quoting who also published an article about the same set:

"Although the photographs look like long-exposure shots, they’re actually composite images created by combining ten thousand individual photographs of each dancer. The result is a look in which each model’s body is (mostly) lost within the blur of its movement."

10000 Images seems like quite a lot, but could be from video.  Using a Phantom that's only a few seconds even at 2K.  Perhaps stacked with something like "enfuse".

It would explain why the images are so solid and sharp, at least.

Regardless how it's done, it's beautiful.

Christer Svedle's picture

I don't think these images is the result of just stacking a lot of images. I think it is a result of layering several stackings of different bodyparts. Its too solid even in the blurred parts. You can see the leg sweeping in front of the body totally solid. That must be masked out in one way or the other I think.

Uh-Mazing! True art - very unique concept and skilled execution.

Lorenzo P's picture

absolutely stunning!!!!! 

Truly unique.  Reminds me of antelope canyon.

Atta Shaan's picture

Captivating! an amazing Idea.

As a long time admirer of Shinichi's work, I am impressed and humbled by his vision and execution.