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Toshio Shibata : Photography

Toshio Shibata
Kikuchi City
Kumatoto Prefecture
1999

Toshio Shibata
Hinoemata Village
Fukushima Prefecture
1996

Toshio Shibata
Douglas County
WA
1996

Toshio Shibata
Douglas County
WA
1996

The photographs of Toshio Shibata convey a powerful drama generated by the conflict of natural forces against man-made structures. Water spills, crashes, glides, and pours over walls, sluices, concrete blocks and channels, in an endless gravity- propelled dance. Huge structures wind around highways and grasp the hillsides on which they are built. Using an 8 x 10-inch camera, he eliminates most references to scale, placement, and point of view while providing crisp detail and texture. Under Shibata’s eye, the man-altered landscape becomes a mysterious abstract composition in which the shapes and patterns intrinsic to both the natural and artificial forms becomes visible.

[Extract : Laurence Miller Gallery]

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