Gravity-Defying Photos of Dancer Captured as if Frozen in Time


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While levitation photography is nothing new, Taiwanese-French-American photographer Mickael Jou’s self-portraits of himself leaping through the air are exceptionally elegant feats of movement and grace. For the past three years, the Berlin-based creative has united his two passions—photography and dance—by capturing stunning images of his own nimble motions frozen in time.

Similar to photographer Jordan Matter in his series ‘Dancers Among Us‘, Jou injects a sense of wonder into everyday settings like the grocery store or a busy street intersection. As scenes of daily life unfold around him, Jou executes perfect leaps and pirouettes that give him the appearance of flying.

As a trained dancer, Jou used to spontaneously burst into ballet and modern dance routines on the streets of Paris, where tourists would often photograph and film him. This gave him the idea of capturing portraits of himself, and so he bought a camera and simply read the instruction manual. Since then, Jou has been working on a 365 Days photo project documenting his own fluid, gravity-defying dance moves in spectacular snapshots.

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