14/12/2012 06:16 GMT | Updated 13/02/2013 05:12 GMT

Shinichi Maruyama's Beautiful 'NUDE' Photo Series

Normally we wouldn't advocate looking at pictures of naked dancers, but these photographs are perfectly safe for work.

They're the handiwork of fine art photographer Shinichi Maruyama, who took thousands of snaps of his models as they danced naked then merged them together to create this strangely beautiful series he calls simply 'NUDE'.

After studying chemistry of photography in Tokyo, Maruyama moved to New York to continue his career.

From 'NUDE'

Speaking to us via email about NUDE, the 44-year-old said:

"I was inspired by the concepts of time and moments that are within Zen Buddhism.

"Many people have asked me if there is a relationship between my previous works, which captured different types of liquid, and NUDE. Although you don't see any liquid in NUDE, there is a connection between them.

"I had tried to capture single moments in my past works, but with NUDE I also considered the relationship between a moment and time."

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