Every day, Natsumi Hayashi rises above the constraints of life in Japan: She levitates. In a series of simple yet striking photographs, Ms. Hayashi, a Tokyo resident and blogger who works as an artist’s assistant, appears to float mid-air, looking as fresh as morning dew.
“I wanted to express myself in the picture as someone free from Earth’s gravitational pull,” Ms. Hayashi told JRT in an interview Monday. “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.”
In a country where many feel it difficult, if not impossible to avoid becoming rooted in unavoidable social conventions, the photos Ms. Hayashi posts on her blog “Yowa Yowa Camera Woman Diary” — meaning “a feeble camera woman’s diary,” – are attracting growing attention from others in the blogosphere, gaining traction this week on the My Modern Metropolis network of trendspotters.