Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Jump for Joy: A photo project by Eyoälha Baker

I recently was contacted by the creator of the Jumping for Joy project, and I was instantly excited to share her story with all of you. She is a spreader of joy, and what could be more great than that? Her main project is the Jumping for Joy Photo Project, which is basically one of the best collections of photos of people jumping (joyfully) that I've ever seen.

I love projects that focus on spreading joy in the world. I love when artists use their gifts to share joy, and feel so much joy in what they're doing that they do it to share joy with others. They love it so much, they can't NOT do it. I think it would be great if we could all find that thing for us, and go do it.

The Jumping for Joy project is just that very thing. The artist, Eyoälha, explains her project:

"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."

As I looked through the photos on her website, I started to smile and laugh. It's kind of impossible not to when you see some of their expressions.

Exhibit A:

It really is true that joy comes from jumping photos. Think about all the corny jumping photos you've taken. Now, think about all the failed attempts and how hilarious they were to take, and how funny they look now if you see them? Don't you already feel happier just thinking about it?

Let's look at mine as an example (feel free to make fun, I'm quite uncoordinated):

I can just imagine all the Italians behind me watching and shaking their heads at yet ANOTHER obnoxious American tourist. HA!

Go check out her photography, it's fun to see, and I imagine you'll be feeling a little, or a lot, of an upswing in your step. Also, watch the TED talk above where she talks about a really cool mural she does with a lot of the photos. It's such a powerful and moving story of what sharing your art can do for others.

Jump For Joy Photo Project

++ Where's the silliest place you've attempted a jumping photo? Have you heard of her project? Please share below with me in the comments!

Join the conversation!

  1. What a cool project! I LOVE it.

    xoxo, Jenny

  2. This project is very cool! I love it!! I'm happier already.

  3. Lol, how neat! I wasn't sure if you literally meant jumping for joy. I love it!

  4. What a great project!!! Your jumps look a lot like mine. ;-)

  5. How fun! Funniest (and only) jumping photos for me was one family Thanksgiving a few years ago when we all all dared each other to jump for a photo. We were all in tears laughing from watching each other try! Thanks for bringing back such a fun memory.


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