I hate “Planking”. If you’ve never seen it, it’s when one person lies down, usually in a public place and makes their body as stiff as possible, emulating a plank. I can think of no good reason for it beyond attempting to join the steadily growing crowd of people who have done it. A recent variation of it is to have someone “Owling” in the same image, widening their eyes to look like an owl. As I’m sure you can guess, this is the realm of kids taking photographs of themselves doing something that requires absolutely no talent to post on the web.
We can haz actual fucking talent?
Enter Natsumi Hayashi and her wonderful blog imaginatively entitled “Feeble camera woman diary”. Like me, Miss Hayashi has no time for planking and anything else that takes no thought, time or planning. She sees these things as being boring and has concentrated the photos in her blog mainly on her levitation ability and her two non-levitating cats. Yeah, that’s right, this girl can float.
Housework in Professor X’s mansion was always fun.
Impressive, isn’t it. Natsumi first got the idea from an old saying in Japan, coincidentally an old saying here too – “have ones feet planted firmly on the ground”. The saying, which means to be practical, is the opposite of how Natsumi sees herself. “I’m not a practical person. 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.”
A wild breeze appeared. It’s very effective!
Natsumi achieves the effect not by actually floating, which would have been a much bigger story, but by jumping. After finding the perfect spot for her daily updates and setting the self-timer on her camera, she’ll begin jumping on the spot and can jump up to three hundred times before she gets the right photo to pull off the floating effect. “I am not sure whether people think I am strange. But when I am shooting on a train platform or famous sight-seeing place and jump over 200 times in a row, nearby people start to whisper.”, the naive young schoolgirl admits.
Natsumi hopes to get a career as a photographer off the ground with this series of photographs and has already seen some success as a result. You can find more images of her peculiar talent below as well as on her own pages.