Natsumi Hayashi, otherwise an ordinary Japanese teenage girl who lives in Tokyo with her two cats, has a unique hobby that draws other’s attention – levitating.
The photos of Natsumi’s levitation have been posted on her blog, spread around the internet, and she has become an instant sensation.
Of course, she is not one of those X-man mutant girls with the ability to fly in the air. And the pictures are not photoshopped to make fake images either. The levitating photos were produced as a result of her jumping in the air and capture by using a SLR camera with high shutter-speed.
Natsumi learned photography skills while working as an artist’s assistant for two years and used her skills to produce creative photos that actually look as if she is levitating.
Those who have tried taking a “levitating” picture will know that this task is easier said than done. For one, the camera has to have a very fast shutter-speed to avoid motion blurring. But getting rid of the blurring is not convincing enough – there are numerous Lebron James’ photos in the midair without blurs but no one will fall into a belief that he is levitating. The person who is jumping should appear as if she is flying, and not just jumping. And Natsumi does it just right.
“The only way to get a right timing for a shot is jumping a lot. Sometimes I need to jump over 100 times to get a right shot,” Natsumi told the Britain’s Daily Mail.
Though she receives odd looks from others when jumping up and down in crowded spots, Natsumi says she is not hindered by it.
“We all are surrounded by social stress as we are bound by the force of the earth's gravity,” Natsumi said, “So I hope that people feel something like an instant release from stressful practical days by seeing my levitation photos.”
Click on the slideshow to check out some of the photos of the “Levitating Girl”: