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A Tokyo Artist Who Levitates Naturally: Natsumi Hayashi

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Giving Harry Potter’s Wingardium Leviosa spell a run for its money, Japanese artist Natsumi Hayashi began uploading self-shots on the internet of her floating in mid-air in 2011. It’s not flying, it’s art. What’s remarkable about her work is that she does to use any sort of photo manipulation to provide the illusion of levitation; instead, she simply adjusts the shutter speed on her camera and jumps gracefully multiple times to get the perfect picture.

Talking about the concept behind her abstract snaps, the artist said;

Climbing is the only cure for gravity. I’m trying to express myself in the series as someone free from Earth’s gravitational pull. In being free of gravity in the photographs, 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.