The Peacefulness of Levitation

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Natsumi Hayashi is a Japanese photographer who takes levitating self-portrait shots in very interesting situations — surrounded by other people on trains, in the middle of streets, and wherever a little bit of levitation is lacking. The beautiful young photographer has a great sense of humor claiming, “Since I’m yowayowa, it’s really heavy to carry SLR cameras around.” Yowayowa is the Japanese term for “weak” or “feeble” but in reality, it’s probably a good thing to be small and lightweight. In some cases Hayashi has to jump hundreds of times to get the right shot, transforming a simple image of her jumping into the unique levitation photos for which she has gained notoriety.

Hayashi considers herself a fun, lighthearted person. She gets inspiration from the English idiom ‘to have one’s feet firmly planted on the ground.’ Hayashi commented in an interview, “In Japan, we have the exact same idiom. But I am not a practical person at all. Therefore, I try ‘not to have my feet firmly on the ground’ in my self-portrait photos to show my true self.” Maybe if we all levitated a little bit more, the world would be a happier place.  You can see more of her portraits at yowayowacamera.com.

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