Levitation Photography: Photos Where Gravity Is Almost Nonexistent

May 28, 2013

levitation photography

I sometimes wonder if we all wish we could fly at some point in our life? I mean, you must have been in a situation where you said, “I wish I could fly right now!” Perhaps when you were overlooking a majestic landscape or maybe while stuck in a lineup to exit an outdoor concert. You know the kind, the one where you’re drenched because it poured all afternoon and your feet hurt so bad that you’re fearful of removing your socks. I digress. Back to the topic at hand, human flight. OK, OK, let’s start with something more basic, levitation photography.

Levitation: from Latin levitas, is the process by which an object is suspended by a physical force against gravity, in a stable position without solid physical contact.

I stopped what I was doing when these images came into my field of vision on my computer screen. I couldn’t help but think: “Yes! This must be it”. It being how levitation would look in the real world. Enter levitation photography, an emerging trend in artistic photography where photographers use photo techniques to trick us into thinking that a subject is actually levitating off the ground.

Who is this mysterious women? How is she, um, levitating like that?

This is Tokyo based artist and photographer Natsumi Hayashi and she has created some of the most magical levitation photos I’ve ever see n.

levitation photo

Natsumi Hayashi

levitation camera photo

Natsumi Hayashi


Natsumi Hayashi

levitation coca cola

Natsumi Hayashi 

levitation window

Natsumi Hayashi

levitate restaurant

Natsumi Hayashi

Want to see more fantastic images like this and learn how to experiment with levitation photography? Visit Natsumi Hayashi’s website where she describes her methodology and the gear used to create these wonderful images. Give it your best shot, create some awesome levitation photos and send them to us.

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