Natsumi Hayashi - Photographs London Wednesday, May 20, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Catalogue Essay

    Internet sensation Natsumi Hayashi, who was featured in the New York Times in 2012, continues her ongoing series Today’s Levitation, a fictional photo-journal of the year 2011 comprised of levitating self-portraits. In January 2011, Hayashi began posting her levitations – created without digital manipulation – on her website ‘Yowayowa [feeble] Camera Woman Diary’, alluding to her cumbersome SLR camera. The release from gravity as captured in her series symbolises her desire to be released from the burdens of modern society. To create the present photograph, taken near midnight on the platform of Seiseki-Sakuragaoka station, just outside central Tokyo, Hayashi simultaneously jumped and dashed each time the train arrived. This captivating image stands out in the series as the only one showing both levitation and acceleration.



Today’s Levitation 06/25/2011

Archival pigment print, flush-mounted.
106 x 141.3 cm (41 3/4 x 55 5/8 in.)
Signed, numbered 1/1 in ink, printed title and date on an artist's label; signed in ink, printed title, date and number 1/1 on a Certificate of Authenticity, both accompanying the work.

This work is number 1 from the sold-out edition of 1 + 1 AP.

£4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for £8,125

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London 21 May 2015 4pm