Toshio Shibata explores the delicate balance and powerful juxtapositions between the landscape and the infinite ability of man to impose structure on that landscape. Seen through Shibata's large-format camera and wide-angle lenses, colossal industrial structures confuse our sense of mass and volume, and our ability to orient the subject in relation to human scale; the pure beauty of the photographs places man in awe of the structures.
Shibata has received international praise, most notably with a recent one man exhibition at the Centre National de la Photographie in Paris, preceded by a commission from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago to photograph in the United States.
"I TAKE A LOT OF PHOTOGRAPHS AND SHOW VERY FEW. IF THERE IS TOO MUCH REALITY, TOO MUCH IDENTIFIABLE SENSE OF TIME AND PLACE, I DON’T SHOW THESE IMAGES... I TRY TO ELIMINATE THE REALITY, TIME AND ANY SENSE OF SPECIFIC PLACE."
- Toshio Shibata