Natsumi Hayashi: The Floating Photographer

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Looking at Natsumi Hayashi's amazing self portraits where she captures herself floating you'd think it is all done with the aid of Photoshop, right? Wrong! Read on to see how she manages to pull it off.

Natsumi Hayashi is an incredibly talented photographer who has an ongoing project that consists of taking self-portraits of herself levitating. They really are amazing. Check them out:

(images via http://yowayowacamera.com/)

Looking at them your first thought might be “Photoshop!” but that is not the case at all. She achieves this natural floating effect by jumping…a lot! She has said that sometimes it will take her over 1 hour to shoot a picture and sometimes she has to jump up to 300 times. She shoots the pictures at a shutter speed of 1/500 or faster with a Canon EOS 5D Mk2. When she is going to shoot herself at a distance of 10 seconds from the camera she uses a self-timer but when she wants to photographer herself further away she asks friends to help her by pressing the shutter.

And why does she want to portray herself levitating? In her own wods "I wanted to express myself in the picture as someone free from Earth’s gravitational pull. In being free of gravity in the pictures, I am also not bound to societal conventions. I feel as though I am not tied to many things and able to be my true self.”

if you are interested in her work check out her blog where you can see many many more levitating shots and can read her explanations.

written by carlota_nonnumquam on 2012-02-26 in #news #photography #levitating #floating #float #natsumi-hayashi

16 Comments

  1. renenob
    renenob ·

    i've been trying this. not easy

  2. adam_g2000
    adam_g2000 ·

    I love it. She shoots digital, we'd need seriously fast film to get this right! Especially indoors...

  3. coolbober
    coolbober ·

    @adam_g2000
    no need for fast film
    normal camera that's all

  4. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    IT'S NOT EASY FOR FAT BELLY GUY LIKE ME =p IT SEEMS LIKE HER SURROUND DIDN'T CARE OF WHAT SHE'S DOING, WHICH IS IMPOSSIBLE IN INDONESIA. THIS STYLE OF JUMP PHOTO ALSO POPULAR IN INDONESIA FOR ABOUT COUPLE OF MONTH AGO

  5. neanderthalis
    neanderthalis ·

    She does that with such composure. Not sweating or red faced from all the jumping. Amazing.

  6. smu
    smu ·

    A friend of mine has dome something similar a few years ago for an editorial series. As I assisted him, I can tell you that this is hard work. Clothes and hair are problematic. To make it look like that you have to catch the upward move of the jump - otherwise it will not look this harmonic. The timing for the upward jump is difficult. Took hours. you can tell by her expression that she seems to do this regular, as most people would not look this relaxed...

    Another artist who is really great in Doing stuff like this is Denis Darzacq! His Hypermarché series is awesome! www.denis-darzacq.com/hyper.htm

  7. carlota_nonnumquam
    carlota_nonnumquam ·

    @smu I didn't know Denis Darzacq, his photos on the link you gave are great! Thanks!

  8. jorgesato
    jorgesato ·

    woww!! just amazing!!

  9. elletra
    elletra ·

    this is so fantastic, I am enamored with these photos!

  10. freckleface
    freckleface ·

    amazing, she looks so at ease its quite fantastic!

  11. vkichoi
    vkichoi ·

    thanks for sharing!
    the only lomo that has the speed to do the jump like Hayashi is horizon perfeckt probably.

  12. mikahsupageek
    mikahsupageek ·

    great article and great work from Natsumi Hayashi !

  13. dikasapi
    dikasapi ·

    Very nice!

  14. lyndxe
    lyndxe ·

    i've been a fan of her work for a while, it's so cool to see an article like this on lomography explaining how she does it! love it!!

  15. hanibale
    hanibale ·

    super. I think, I shold try this ;)

  16. moodification
    moodification ·

    Amazing!

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