You’ve probably never heard of Natsumi Hayashi. You’ve also probably never seen photos quite like the ones she enjoys taking.
You see, one day, Natsumi decided to take a few self-portraits – of herself levitating. Nowadays, she can be seen in and around Tokyo, with camera and self-timer in hand.
When she feels inspired, she hits the shutter button down and literally “jumps” into place, making it seem as though she actually levitates through her everyday life.
How do others take to her unique way of taking photos?
“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!’”
One side story here:
When asked about the reaction of bystanders and passersby, Hayashi said,
"One day, when I was jumping at a tourists' site in the western part of Tokyo, cashiers at the nearby souvenior store started to freak out. I heard them whispering, 'Has she gone mad?' and 'Should we call the Police?' So I stopped jumping, and told them, 'I am taking jumping photos to make a slide show for my wedding party.' Then they blushed and told me, 'Oh sorry!' 'Congratulations!' 'Good luck jumping!'"
Hayashi's photographs have become so popular in Japan, that she hopes they might launch a high-flying career as a photographer.