Toshio Shibata : Photography

Toshio Shibata
Kikuchi City
Kumatoto Prefecture

Toshio Shibata
Hinoemata Village
Fukushima Prefecture

Toshio Shibata
Douglas County

Toshio Shibata
Douglas County

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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