Soft feminine curves set amongst an urban landscape, ballerinas graciously pirouetting whilst New York City serves both as their stage and as photographer Dane Shitagi‘s backdrop. In the “New York City Ballerina Project“, Shitagi captures not just the beauty in their movement, but the contrast of a refined, and disciplined, art in a raw setting.
“New York City Ballerina Project” is Shitagi’s eight year photographic collection. His ultimate goal is to capture not the eloquent moves, or subdued allure of the beautiful ballerinas, but the “soul of the dancer.” The soul of the dancer who has been removed from the stage; the soul of the dancer who resides in the real world–in all her beauty, in all her glory.
Confronted with the spontaneous nature of the city, the hard lines of the asphalt, and the cold listless stares of strangers who perhaps will never understand the artistic movement in ballet nor appreciate it, the dancers exude a savoir fare, an elegance, a resiliency, and an inner strength reinforced by a femininity that attracts both men and women alike. The photographs in their solemness essentially represents all women. Beautiful and strong, trying to maintain, keep a balance, and stand apart regardless of their settings or situations. How very human and how magnificently wonderful!
Written by Nina GoLightly.↓
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