Showcasing the beauty of the human spirit – in mid-air – around the world!
International Photography Project
Definition of JOY
1 – the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires. Delight. The expression or exhibition of such emotion : gaiety.
2 – a state of happiness or felicity : bliss
3 – a source or cause of delight.
Completed Public Art Projects
Wall of Joy Mural 65ft high by 114 ft wide. A compilation of 250, 6×6 ft and 6×4 ft posters of approximately 300+ people jumping for joy. It was on the corner of Abbott and Pender Street, Vancouver was completed in August 2015/ Removed May 2016.
Jump for Joy Photo Mural Vancouver BC Canada. The mural was a compilation of photos of almost 200 people jumping for joy in different parts of Vancouver. The photos were enlarged to 4×4 ft. and printed on 11×17 sheets cut and pasted together, then pasted to the wall. Completed August 4, 2014 – Removed April 30, 2015: 114 ft wide x 32 ft high
Eyoalha Baker speaking about the Jump for Joy Photo Project and how the project evolved from photo shoots into to community engagement and public art projects at TEDXEASTVAN
Jumping is up lifting. 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. It is a unique expression of who you are. Jumping for joy celebrates all that is good and positive in the world.
“Surrounding yourself with images that uplift your spirit is as important for your health as nutritious food.” – Deepak Chopra – Origin Magazine
For the Jump for Joy Photo Project, I meet up with people to do jumping photo sessions with the intention of creating and sharing the energy of joy. I do this by taking photos as people jump up into the air and share their energy of joy with the world. This action symbolizes, the celebration of all that is good in the world, by lifting ourselves and others up with the energy of joy.
By focusing on positive actions and creating a compilation of joyful photos, I am 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.
There is an increasing focus on positivity and joy in the social consciousness that IS changing the world as we know it.
I am passionate about showcasing 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. 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 and I want to capture and share that energy.
Sharing Jump for Joy photos is my way to reach the true joy and childlike playfulness within people, and spread the powerful energy of joy around the world.
Lets play, create positive images, laugh and Jump for Joy!
*** All the photos in this project I have taken myself unless credited otherwise.