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.

Imag­ine the tim­ing, the set­up, and time it takes to do a self-por­trait; not to men­tion, while “lev­i­tat­ing”. Doing these in Tokyo, where you have a great sense of safe­ty for your belong­ings and self, does help a bit. It has to be one of the most hon­est cities that I have expe­ri­enced in my trav­els.

Mean­while, when asked why she start­ed this series, she respond­ed with the fol­low­ing:

We are all sur­round­ed by social stress as we are bound by the forces of Earth­’s grav­i­ty. So, I hope that peo­ple feel some­thing like an instant release from their stress­ful days by see­ing my lev­i­ta­tion pho­tos.

Here are some more of her pho­tos:

You may view more at her pho­to-blog enti­tled, “Yoway­owa Diary”. I hope you take a look, and “jump while you can.”

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