Dane Shitagi is a New York City-based photographer originally from Honolulu. Dane has formed a unique and heartfelt body of work that is both beautiful and personal. Rather than molding his ideas to the studio setting, he has taken his creativity and inspiration from the world outside – preferring the rawness and atmosphere that only a living city can bring.

Dane’s last project grew from the idea of New York City as a magnet for creativity. His identity as a pilgrim to this place of creative struggle was the seed of inspiration for The New York City Ballerina Project. As the project has connected him to other up-and-coming artists, he’s discovered that his story is also part of the larger story of this city; the story that gives New York its truest identity. This project is the ultimate expression of the struggling artist experience, which Dane himself is living & enjoying, currently from the East Village.

Here some examples of his interesting project.

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