After the success and controversy of Natalie Portman’s epic turn as “The Black Swan,” the public’s interest in the enigmatic world of the professional ballerina has only grown. Photographer Dane Shitagi is certainly benefiting from the trend as his photos of ballerinas performing outside of their usual closed studio caves have been appearing in numerous art publications and well known blogs.
Shitagi is a New York City-based photographer transplanted from Honolulu, where he honed his photographic instincts before bringing them to the Big Apple. His inspiration comes from the numerous “sights & sounds of the City as well as the energy & diverse arts that thrive [there].” Dane’s heartfelt works reflect a refusal to stay within the boundaries of a studio setting, preferring to use as his muse the rawness and creative energy of the world outside.
His new found success has led him to clients such as Capezio, American Vogue, and Fujifilm, while his images were recently featured in the premiere issue of Movmnt – a fashion, dance, music, and high society magazine.
We’re betting that he’s also attending some truly awesome parties as well…