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Gravity Defying Ballet Dancer and Photographer Mickael Jou

Levitation is an emerging field of photography as you all know. Different techniques can be used (here’s a tutorial of a multi-exposure levitation technique), but the grace and elegance shown by Mickael Jou is simply outstanding. 

iLHP is very proud to say that this is the first detailed interview of this magnificent, poetic and graceful ballet dancer. He used to practice ballet and modern dance routines on the streets of Paris, where tourists would often photograph and film him. This gave him the idea of capturing portraits of himself and start a 365 day photo project showing his elegant, gravity-defying dance moves in spectacular snapshots.

“Whatever you’re doing, someone else probably already did it better than you. But that doesn’t mean that you cannot work to be better than them.”

EF 50mm f/1.2L | @ 50mm; f/1.4; 1/640 sec; 400 ISO
EF 50mm f/1.2L | @ 50mm; f/1.4; 1/640 sec; 400 ISO

iLHP: Thank you very much Mickael for taking the time to answer our questions! Please, tell us a bit about yourself.

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How to Shoot Levitation Photography – (Part 1: An Intro)

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We are always looking for new things, new photography projects. Not only professionnals but also every single amateur photographer are always on this hunt. Getting out of one’s comfort zone, that is also what it is about.

It’s fun to experiment new techniques and exciting to get original results, the kind of results people are puzzled and amazed by and make them wonder how you did it.  Something extraordinary. “Levitation” is this kind of project. I had presented a few weeks ago a photographer who is a specialist of this technique, Ravshaniya from Uzbekistan. So, of course, I’m not a levitation specialist, I do not have a great experience in this field but I wanted to experiment this technique because I find it very original and science-fi like. I also wanted to learn how to do it in order to share with you this very particular technique, the tips and tricks and the challenges I have been confronted with. Continue reading How to Shoot Levitation Photography – (Part 1: An Intro)