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Natsumi Hayashi’s self-portraits of herself levitating around Tokyo inspire me. As a photo enthusiast, I appreciate the clarity and lightness of her images. But what appeals to me most about these pictures is what she has to say in this quote (from the following article):

“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,” Hayashi says.

“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.”

I would love to be that gutsy, acting just as I like and throwing caution (and the tedious social norms that accompany it) to the winds! Now tell me that doesn’t sound like something right out of a storybook. :)

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