hayashi natsumi: levitation self portraits hayashi natsumi: levitation self portraits
aug 09, 2011

hayashi natsumi: levitation self portraits

image © hayashi natsumi

elevating the art of self-portraits to a new level – literally – tokyo-based photographer hayashi natsumi‘s work consists of the artist seemingly floating in midair within conventional settings in and around the japanese city. entitled ‘today’s levitation’, the series is updated daily with new photographs set in a variety of locations from a desolate street to a busy train platform.

using the aid of a simple tripod, the self-portraits are taken with a 10-second timer from a distance. all the poses are captured in mid-jump with no aid of a rigging system or photoshop. impossibly relaxed and composed, the floating subject injects a surreal atmosphere to the often normal set, rendering an image devoid of gravity or physics.   

to see many more images from the series, click here to natsumi’s daily blog.

image © hayashi natsumi

image © hayashi natsumi

image © hayashi natsumi

image © hayashi natsumi

image © hayashi natsumi

image © hayashi natsumi

image © hayashi natsumi

image © hayashi natsumi

image © hayashi natsumi

  • If its not fake, we’ve achieved a weightless society? Since when and how?

    charles says:
  • @Charles, she just jump. No need to use computer.

    nihon says:
  • actually
    its real photo
    you can see some motion blur in end of some part that are oposite of direction of movement
    like end of fits and hands
    look at the hairs…they;ll tell you many thing

    cypher says:
  • @Charles: It’s explained in the second paragraph.

    H. says:
  • Mary Poppins, eat your heart out!
    And those production values- wow. Hair, costume, makeup, shoes, EVERYTHING- they all go into making these stunningly stylish.
    I wanna be like Hayashi Natsumi!

    EnviousIvy says:
  • Um.. how does she not fall on her face? Several poses look like the very next frame would show her face down in some very uncomfortable poses. Artistic, Acrobatic, and very dedicated to Art!

    SallySwoon says:

    ellie says:
  • i like her outfits ~_~

    boozy says:
  • bravissima…

    bsdes says:
  • These are awesome!

    Siddhartha says:
  • Wow!! this is brilliant!!

    Rolando Peralta says:
  • Nice effect!!

    Dario says:
  • She is effing adorable and this series is bomb

    HM says:
  • Now, this is some awesome, fresh photography. Congratulations to the author!!!

    m25 says:
  • love it!

    handsomebird says:
  • Beautiful work. The absence of shadows beneath the levitating lady on several of these make the images, for me, even more memorable and meaningful.

    [url=http://glennfriesen.com/]Glenn Friesen[/url]

    glenn friesen says:
  • Looks great, but [url=http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Li+Wei&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wi&biw=1888&bih=1232]Li Wei’s work[/url] is more interesting.

    Burt says:

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