The scoop: several pictures have been emerging across the Internet, revealing a Japanese girl who can allegedly levitate. Sightings of this phenomenon have been confirmed by tens of thousands of gawk-eyed spectators whose awe knows no boundaries, at the sight of such prodigy. Details will follow by the end of the post.
But first let’s show you the facts. Let’s have you disbelieve your own eyes, and shudder in amazement. Like so:
Confirmed sightings of the Girl who Floats:
How is it possible! Does she really levitate?
I honestly hope you didn’t take the opening scoop for this post without the mandatory grain of salt. Otherwise, let’s proceed by setting the facts straight… after all, this is not some kind of tabloid blog (shame on you for thinking otherwise). And for the facts: People do not levitate. Natsumi Hayashi does not levitate. She just takes photographs, and beautiful photographs at that.
Is there a back story to these pictures, though? Quite certainly so; this cute girl is a Japanese photographer who lives with her two cats. One day she happened to take a picture of a man leaping, and she was intrigued with how it looked as though he was suspended in mid-air. She named the picture “today’s levitation”, and thereby the seeds of inspiration were planted.
Soon, Miss Natsumi Hayashi started posting self-portraits at her personal photoblog, in which she followed suit with the levitation theme. And as you probably realized earlier in this post… the results are amazing and speak for themselves.
Miss Natsumi has amassed a good measure of popularity and recognition from these photos, and was featured in many relevant and authoritative websites from which yours truly drew all this information, by the way.
The creative process of the Levitating girl
In case you’re wondering how these pictures were shot, it’s nothing to do with invisible wires or intricate digital manipulations. It’s a much simpler and graceful process: she leaps. She takes out her tripod out on the Tokyo streets looking for inspiration… and when she finds it, she literally jumps at it! And for some of these pictures, she claims to have jumped hundreds of times until having found the perfect timing for the picture.
What makes these self-photographs so unique and interesting is exactly the natural pose she adopts in each picture, looking just as natural as though she was casually drifting through the urban landscapes. By doing so, she manages to convey a sense of mysterious wonder that made her work much appreciated throughout the world.
What makes Natsumi Hayashi want to levitate?
The author maintains that she was always told to “keep her feet on the ground”, and this series of pictures aims to illustrate her true feelings… which are obviously rather floaty. She was always put down by social pressures and demands, and thus she found a fascinating way to take this weight off her:
“I wanted to express myself in the picture as someone free from Earth’s gravitational pull. In being free of gravity in the pictures, I am also not bound to societal conventions. I feel as though I am not tied to many things and able to be my true self.”
There are much worse ways to express one’s inner angst, wouldn’t you agree? These levitating pictures (which became a regular feature at her blog during the first semester of 2001) not only allowed her to express how she felt in a creative fashion, but also proved to be a trampoline towards international recognition.
You cannot help but wonder which further surprises she has in store, and we certainly hope she has much fulfillment and happiness, soarings the skies of her own creativeness. Let’s wait and see if she can surprise us again, and in the meanwhile… remember to take your feet off the ground, every once in a while!