The Girl Who Loves to Levitate (14 photos)

Natsumi Hayashi is a sweet-looking Japanese girl who, one day, decided to take self-portraits..of herself levitating. She can be spotted in and around Tokyo, equipped with her SLR and her self-timer. When she feels the moment strike, she presses the shutter button down and then, quite literally, "jumps" into place.

What I love most about her shots is that they don't feel forced. Natsumi has a way of making us feel as though she naturally levitates throughout life.

When I asked her how others react to her jumping around Tokyo, here is a funny story that she shared. "One day, when I was jumping at a famous sightseeing spot in western Tokyo, workers at a souvenir shop were frightened by how I was jumping. They were whispering things like 'Is the girl mentally ill' and 'Do we need to call the police?'

"So I stopped jumping and apologized to them by saying, 'I am taking jumping photos for my wedding party's slide show.' Their faces turned bright red, and they said things like 'Oh dear!' and 'Congratulations!' and even 'Keep jumping!'

"Then, I took one of the best levitation shots of the entire series."

"We are all surrounded by social stress as we are bound by the forces of earth's gravity," Natsumi says when asked why she took on the series. "So, I hope that people feel something like an instant release from their stressful days by seeing my levitation photos."

Natsumi Hayashi's website

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Comment by Angela Somawang on March 25, 2011 at 11:47am
This is so great! It would be amazing to see pictures of your traveling the world levitating. I really admire your bravery to just set up you camera and jump without worrying about anyone around you. Something that I am trying to work on in my own photo blog.
Comment by Mark Burger on March 19, 2011 at 8:35pm
Simple and beautiful. Love it.
Comment by Benjamin Leach on March 15, 2011 at 3:00pm
Simply charming. I particularly like the one of her peering through the green gate, it looks so convincing. :-)
Comment by Frederick Fulmer on February 24, 2011 at 6:40am
Love these photos. Come jump in Joshua Tree, Ca
Comment by Kristine Relojo on February 23, 2011 at 6:25am
Something about the 2nd photo is endearing. :)
Comment by Eric Park on February 21, 2011 at 1:20pm
awesome pretty!!
Comment by Jerry Nicholas on February 21, 2011 at 12:53pm
These are delightful...makes me want to levitate just for fun.
Comment by Alyssa Anda on February 21, 2011 at 11:31am
These a great :) She has skill for sure!
Comment by pat7wong on February 20, 2011 at 10:43pm
i love them....
Comment by Jon Bailey on February 20, 2011 at 9:56am

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