Showcasing the beauty of the human spirit – in mid-air – around the world!
International Photography Project
Completed August 4, 2014: 9000 sq. ft. Jump for Joy Photo Mural in the lane way of 161 East Pender Street, Vancouver BC Canada. The mural is a compilation of photos of almost 200 people jumping for joy in different parts of Vancouver. The photos have been enlarged to 4×4 ft. and printed on 11×17 sheets cut and pasted together, then pasted to the wall.
In Progress: A book of 1000 people jumping for joy around the world :)
This was my first ever attempt at public speaking – please bare with the mess ups :)
Jumping is uplifting. You use your own energy, strength and determination to jump. Jumping is a metaphor for life and a symbol for expressing and sharing joy. Jumping is celebration. Jumping is fun. Jumping is silly, freeing and energizing. Jumping is good for your health. Jumping gets your blood pumping and gives you an adrenaline rush. Jumping for joy celebrates all that is good and positive in the world.
The world always needs JOY! My work is a reminder of the importance of fun, playing, creativity, community, sharing and love.
My vision is to create an art photo book of 1,000 photos of people jumping for joy around the world and several photography exhibits that showcase a select few of the BEST JUMPING images.
I am passionate about positive, ethical people/leaders, creators and change makers. I’m 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.
I post photos of people jumping on my blog everyday and feature a different person every week in my NEWSLETTER; Where they express their passions, inspirations and talk about their creative work/projects/art/sports/charities or whatever they are working towards building and improving in the world.
By focusing on positive actions and creating a compilation of joy, I’m creating a unified community that showcases creativity, positivity, joy and fun that uplifts both participants and viewers.
Capturing the expression of joy through the simple act of jumping, reminds us to take ourselves and life a little less seriously, if just for a few moments.
“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
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 has been a dramatic shift in the value system for many people. There is an increasing focus on positivity and joy in the social consciousness that IS changing the world as we know it.
More people are focusing on self love, joy, peace, community and cooperation. There is an overwhelming movement and desire to create a better world, a better place to live, for everyone.
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.
Sharing Jump for Joy photos is my way to reach the true joy and childlike playfulness within people.
“Surrounding yourself with images that uplift your spirit is as important for your health as nutritious food.” – Deepak Chopra – Origin Magazine
I hope to contribute to the shift of our collective focus from the negative to the positive. It’s easy to get caught up in the stresses of life, with trade deficits, wars, disasters, injustices, difficult relationships, bills etc. We sometimes forget the importance of play and tend to feel weighed down when continually fed negative stories online and in the news at every turn.
Let’s remind ourselves to take ourselves a little less seriously. Lets play, laugh and Jump for Joy!
*** All the photos in this project I have taken myself, except for a few of me jumping in which case I have credited the person taking the photo. I am happy that my project has inspired others who want to share their own jumping photos with me so I have a facebook page and twitter account: @jumpforjoyphoto for anyone who wants to share their own jumping photos: https://www.facebook.com/JumpForJoyPhotoProject