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


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