Locked in ice, life can be preserved and time can literally be frozen. Which is what makes the thawing of ice all the more poignant and, for Kenji Shibata, an ideal subject to photograph.
In his latest photo series “Locked in the Ether,” Shibata actually plays with flowers’ life and time – not only does he capture the already frozen flowers, but also their first post-thaw breaths and their eventual death.
The flowers, whose beauty could have been preserved, are now tossed back into the merciless cycle of time and will soon wither away. Shibata’s photographs are currently on display at Tachibana Gallery in Osaka through December 20.
Locked in the Ether: Photographs of Flowers Frozen in Ice Cubes by Kenji Shibata: