That levitating girl

30th Mar 2013
Written by: Macca Sherifi

That levitating girl

Perfectly timed self-portraits become internet sensation

You don’t have to understand Japanese to appreciate a good photographer. For the past two and a bit years Tokyo-based photographer Natsumi Hayashi has uploaded a different photo of herself levitating every day.

Armed with her tripod and Canon camera on self-timer, Natsumi ignores the confused stares of baffled onlookers to leap into the air seconds after she presses her shutter button.

The remarkable results make it appear as if she spends her days permanently floating around Tokyo, defying the laws of gravity.

“To achieve the look of levitation it’s crucial that you don’t appear to be jumping,” she says.

“That means a controlled facial expression and lack of movement. It should look like a moment frozen in time, not mid-jump.

“When I take my levitation farther away from the camera than 10 second distance, I ask someone else to press the shutter release button.”

Shortly after her project launched on New Year’s Day 2011, Natsumi has sparked a worldwide craze for levitation photos.

Now that you know all about levitating photos are you going to try and recreate something similar? Post your comments below.

That levitating girl

That levitating girl

That levitating girl

That levitating girl

That levitating girl

That levitating girl


Rescued Animal Conservation

from £1,131.00

14 - 84 days

Volunteer in Malawi at its only accredited wildlife sanctuary. Volunteers get involved with daily animal and orphan care, rehabilitation and...

New Years Hogmanay Party Express

from £190.00

1 days

Hogmanay is Scottish word for the last day of the year, and we’re here to celebrate on Stoke’s 24/hr New...

Teach English in China

from £900.00

180 - 360 days

Get paid to teach English in China with an accredited TEFL certification & lifetime job placement assistance from International TEFL...

Kruger Conservation in South Africa

from £995.00

14 - 84 days

Experience amazing Big 5 encounters, contribute to important wildlife conservation research in the beautiful Kruger National Park.

Nutrition Internship in Fiji

from £1.00

14 days

Our Nutrition internship offers you the opportunity to gain practical experience and learn from professionals. At the same time, you’ll...

Animal & Veterinary Care Internships in Costa Rica

from £630.00

14 - 168 days

Costa Rica offers unparalleled natural beauty within a rapidly developing economy. Looking for an internship which combines adventure travel with...

Kingdoms & Carnivals

from £3,545.00

84 - 105 days

An adventure for anyone yearning for an awesome road trip around South America’s most famous sites and undiscovered corners, from...

South Africa and Lesotho Cape Town to Johannesburg

from £795.00

17 days

Witness first-hand all that is fantastic about South Africa - stunning beaches, dense forests and abundant marine and bush wildlife.

PR & Marketing in Hong Kong

from £3,600.00

42 - 180 days

Boost your career prospects by interning in the booming, international city of Hong Kong. Gain a head start in the...

Volunteer in Slum Teaching in India

from £177.00

7 - 168 days

Volunteer on the Slum Teaching volunteer project in India. Located in Delhi.

Check out these awesome tours!


The Masai Heartlands

from £1,649.00


The wonders of Kenya and Tanzania unfold before you on this incredible overland adventure, which goes deep into the heartland...

LA to San Francisco Highlights

from £915.00

What do California, Arizona and Nevada all have in common? Dang straight, they all end in A. And we pass...

Colombia Experience


Discover a corner of South America that's been off the tourist map for years. Without sacrificing your comfort, this fascinating...

The Canal du Midi (Castelnaudary to Homps)

from £1,375.00


Enjoy a relaxing, peaceful slice of French life on this comfortable journey down the Canal du Midi in the Aude...

Trail to the Alps

from £1,869.00

Time to practise that yodel. This adventure will see you journey through cities including Paris, Milan, Florence, Rome, Venice and...

Essential Israel & the Palestinian Territories

from £544.00


Kick off your Israel & Palestinian adventure eating your heart out at Jerusalem's lively Machane Yehuda Market. Walk the Ramparts...

Galápagos Multisport with Quito

from £1,949.00


This adventure is perfect for those who want to experience the incredible wildlife and scenery of the Galápagos Islands but...

Northern Philippines and Palawan Adventure

from £2,149.00


Go off the beaten Southeast Asia path – you know you want to. This 17-day journey takes you from the...

Italy Experience

from £2,050.00


Travel to Italy and savour the many flavours of this gastronomic haven on a journey from the canals of Venice...

Utah Parks Circuit

from £905.00

It may only be the USA's thirteenth largest state, but Utah packs more into its 200,000 square kilometres than most...

More inspiration and advice

[contact-form-7 id="4" title="Contact form 1"]