On Photography


Natsumi Hayashi, Float-ography

Nat­sumi Hayashi is a Tokyo-based pho­tog­ra­pher who started a series of lev­i­tat­ing self-portraits. I, myself, have been tag­ging these (i.e. “jump” shots) in my Flickr col­lec­tion. I’ve been encour­ag­ing friends and fam­ily to do this often as its just an escape from the norm. Though it’s some­what dis­tant from what Nat­sumi Hayashi has done with her series, it’s nice to see her col­lec­tion and work.

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Sacha Goldberger’s Joggers

Cre­ative and inter­est­ing project by pho­tog­ra­phy Sacha Goldberger.

Last sum­mer, Sacha Gold­berger decided he would take on a very inter­est­ing project. He assem­bled a team who helped him cre­ate an out­side stu­dio at Bois de Boulogne, a park located near Paris that’s 2.5 times the size of New York’s Cen­tral Park. He stopped jog­gers, ask­ing them for a favor — would they sprint for him and then pose right after for his cam­era? Many obliged. Out of breath, these jog­gers showed an over­whelm­ing amount of fatigue on their faces.

Gold­berger then asked these same peo­ple to come into his pro­fes­sional stu­dio exactly one week later. Using the same light, he asked them to pose the same way they had before.

I wanted to show the dif­fer­ence between our nat­ural and brute side ver­sus how we rep­re­sent our­selves to soci­ety,” Gold­berger tells us. “The dif­fer­ence was very surprising.”


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Masked Beauty

Sharbat Gula's 1984 portrait by Steve McCurry for National Geographic magazine.

It all started with her being pho­tographed by Steve McCurry in 1984. Prob­a­bly one of the most famous por­trait in mod­ern times. What strikes the most are her eyes. You’re just drawn to them right away (at least I am).

I’ve been notic­ing some new por­traits that focuses on this style per se. So I fig­ured to make a list which I’ll con­stantly update as I get hypnotized.

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