Alex Shibutani is an LA-based photographer. He is a two-time Olympic medalist in figure skating and Hall of Famer. Off the ice, he is an author and producer.
I find that photography shares many commonalities with skating… The duality of technique and artistry. The importance of mindfulness and being present to capture the moment. The sensitivity, vulnerability, and generosity of sharing the work to evoke a feeling.
My work has taken me all over the world, but most of all to Japan. As a Japanese American, Japan has always held a special place in my heart. It is my favorite place to explore. Being there energizes and inspires me. I’m drawn to the beauty around me—the light, colors, sounds—both natural and engineered.
After being away for several years, I returned to Japan in 2022—this time, without skates, but still with my cameras. For this series, I have compiled photographs that transport me back to the feelings I have when I’m in Japan—a place where I have never lived, but which feels like home.