Playing in the streets and jumping for joy with Bernd Steinhauser

Bernd Steinhauser photographed by Eyoalha Baker for Jump for Joy Photo Project and Palm Springs Cultural Center Artist Residency

I had set up to do a jumping photo with Heinz and we were about to get started when Bernd, his husband arrived. He was so sweet, he had come to watch, cheer and document… and of course, I invited him to do a jump as well. Heinz and I were doing his jumps near the intersection when he arrived, so Bernd’s job was to call out “CAR!” when a car was coming so Heinz and I could get out of the way. It was fun and reminiscent of playing in the streets as a kid. Then it was Bernd’s turn. I had seen this passageway that was mostly shadowed and wanted to play with the light to make it look like a tunnel. I love how these turned out, and it was a super fun jumping session with both of them.

Get to know Bernd:
Q: What inspires you to jump for joy?
Seeing somebody else do it and they had great fun.

Q: How was your experience doing the jumping photos?
It was a pure pleasure. Before I was concerned to do it right and after I felt young and felt the joy.

Q: How do you describe the feeling of joy?
Being happy, inspired and full of energy. Joy led me to the perfect job and a wonderful relationship. Knowing and doing the wonderful things in life.

Q: What is your greatest passion in life?
Being and connecting with interesting people. Life can be so different and different is inspiring and changing.

Q: How do you feel about being part of a community project that promotes joy?
Being a real part of a community.

Q: If you could do anything in the world, what would it be?
Helping the minority groups to feel special, wonderful and accepted.

Q: What are you working on or creating?
I am a writer.

Q: Mini bio or something special you want to share.
Travelling is the basis for a broad education and nature, music, books, art can give you so much energy.

Thank you for playing and laughing and jumping for joy with me Bernd!


Thank you to the Palm Springs Cultural Center inviting me to be your first Artist in residence and bringing the Jump for Joy Photo Project to the Coachella Valley.

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