Dane Shitagi is a New York City-based photographer. Originally from Honolulu, Dane had dreams of becoming a photographer from a very young age and soon began to work professionally in photography at the age of 15. He moved to New York in 1996, taking inspiration from the sights & sounds of the city as well as the energy & diverse arts that thrive here.
He says, “I tried to take pictures of the ballerinas – not of their dancing. I tried to stay focused on the dancers – not on their poses. I tried to portray their souls – not their steps. Ballerina Project is more about the dancer than the dancing. As photographers we often try to capture “momentums” of the dancing without really acknowledging the obvious: the camera is not exactly the best instrument to do it. The camera can only take stills of something that is in its essence a flow.”