Shinji Otani was a ceramist in Japan before he decided to become a photographer. In 2007 he finished his study in photography at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam.
This series, which will grow into a book, focuses on statues all across The Netherlands, depicting famous and lesser known historical figures. Whereas nowadays voices to tear down certain statues grow stronger, I want to shift the lens to emphasise the sculptural and architectural beauty of these art works, and the way they are situated in the landscape or cityscape. Photography is a perfect medium to ‘animate’ these fascinating objects.