Showcasing the beauty of the human spirit – in mid-air – around the world!
International Photography Project
My vision is to create an art photo book of 1,000 photos of people jumping for joy around the world and a photography exhibit that showcases a select few of the best JUMPING images.
I am passionate about supporting people who are positive and ethical leaders, creators and change makers. I am inspired by people improving the world by doing what they love, people who are positively inspiring the world with integrity, and taking risks to make their life dreams into reality.
“When you ask a person to jump, his attention is mostly directed toward the act of jumping and the mask falls so that the real person appears.” – Philippe Halsman
I post photos of people jumping on my blog everyday and feature a different person every week in my NEWSLETTER; where they can express their passions, inspirations and plug their own creative work/projects/art/sports/charities or whatever they are working towards building and improving in the world.
My hope is that by focusing on positive actions and the compilation of joy expressed by a variety of inspired people from around the world, I will create a unified community of joy, express the importance of joy and fun in the lives of all people. Capturing the expression of joy through the simple act of jumping, we can be reminded that humanity can come together as one with through joy.
I feel that all people around the world can appreciate and experience more fun and more Joy in their everyday lives!
Leading up to 2012, there were theories that the world was coming to an end… We are still here. The world is still turning and with the speed of our technology, it seems to be spinning faster than ever before. Wars and injustice are still raging rampant, people are still working themselves to death to obtain objects and status in individualistic societies, and people are still dying from starvation when there is food enough to feed the world.
However, there was a dramatic shift in the value system for many people leading up to 2012. For many, 2012 represented an increasing, focus on positivity and joy in the social consciousness (based on my experience and interactions) that IS changing the world as we know it.
More and more people are focusing on self love, joy, peace, community and cooperation. These characteristics have always been here and people have always pursued them. However, it seems now, more than ever before, there is an overwhelming movement and desire to create a better world, a better place to live, for everyone.
An excellent example of this can be seen in the recent award winning documentary “Happy” which elegantly presents scientific data on the benefits of happiness to humanity.
The world needs more JOY! Now is the time to remember the importance of fun, playing, crating, community, sharing and love.
So perhaps we did not experience the physical end of the world as we know it but rather a conscious shift in the PERCEPTION of the world as we know it.
I feel I have found a way to reach the true joy and child-like playfulness within people by having them jump for joy in front of the camera lens. This playful, child-like joy is why I’ve launched the project — Jump for Joy!
I hope to contribute to the shift of our collective focus from the negative to the positive. It can be so easy to get caught up in the stresses of life, with trade deficits, wars, disasters, injustices, difficult relationships, bills etc. We can sometimes forget the importance of play and tend to feel weighed down when continually being fed negative stories online and in the news at every turn.
As an artist, my hope is to simply play, create and have some fun!
Let’s remind ourselves to, take ourselves a little less seriously. Lets play, laugh and Jump for Joy!
It is my intention for Jump for Joy! – International Photo Project to be a part of this positive shift in consciousness. I hope that by capturing the essence of this joyful expression it can inspire and encourage others.
If you are interested in funding or sponsoring the project feel free to send me an email. Please stay tuned as the project develops and like my https://www.facebook.com/JumpForJoyPhotoProject page if you get the chance.
*** All the photos in this project I have taken myself, except for a few of myself jumping in which case I have credited the person taking the photo. I am so happy that my project has inspired others who want to share their own jumping photos with me so I have created a facebook page for anyone who wants to share their own jumping photos: https://www.facebook.com/JumpForJoyPhotoProject