The female form is at the center of Shintaro Shiratori's
personal research: bathed in shadow, it takes the guise of a
mysteriously illuminated, almost surreal creature.
Shiratori works as though he were a painter who only
begins daubing his colors on the canvas after meticulously choosing
his model and defining the proper makeup, pose and setting. Every
detail drives the image toward his oneiric vision of a world in
which the sky feels no inclination toward blueness and the grassy
fields step away from their native green.
Still quite young, Shiratori the commercial photographer
has already been engaged by most of Japan's leading companies,
though he balks at suggestions that he stray very far from his own
personal take on the image. His interest in the visual arts goes
back to his childhood, when he began committing his fantasies to
paper and canvas. Though all of his works may be based in straight
photography, the final prints are more often than not the product
of extensive digital manipulation. But in the end the artist's eye
for composition and fertile imagination transcend whatever
technical support he chooses to develop.
© Shintaro Shiratori