This is something that I have been wanting to post for a while now regarding my Suspended Elegance: Photos of Floating Lolitas project… (n_n)
Levitation photography is not a new thing; nor is it a secret technique. If you can Google, you can find out how it’s done. There are many photographers out there using this technique.
The most prominent levitation photographer being Natsumi Hayashi. http://yowayowacamera.com/pineapple1/
*photo credit Natsumi Hayashi
The combination of levitation photography within the context of the Lolita community is original however, albeit accidental.
I was sitting at my computer one day trying to think of ideas for an upcoming shoot I had with an awesome gothic Lolita by the name of Ashley Marie. That’s when I thought,
“Hey, why don’t we do some levitation photography”!
I opened a Google search for Floating Lolita’s, Levitating Lolitas, Flying Lolita’s and nothing... Not one pic that I could refer to. This surprised me because I thought that EGL and Levitation photos just naturally went together. How come no one thought of this before..? ..Beats me. So I decided to be the first to do it. Ashley and I ended up meeting and basically developing floating poses that would showcase the Lolita fashion and retain the unmistakable Loli silhouette… and it just went from there.
Ashley Marie “The first floating Loli”!
I was originally inspired by Anka Zhuravleva's work. In my opinion she has turned a gimmicky photo trick into a serious art-form. http://www.flickr.com/photos/anka_zhuravleva/ http://anka-zhuravleva.com/index.html She is amazing and I will forever be trying to achieve such awesomeness, to which I’m not even close. (I’m sure there are others out there).
*photo credit Anka Zhuravleva
I’ve just begun developing my own technique with levitation, and am currently drawing up new challenging ideas for upcoming floating photo shoots. Thankfully I have many poofy participants who are willing to help me build this into something great. Just wait until you see what I have planned.
With all that said, the Floating Lolita’s virus is spreading! I come across photos on the web, and friends are linking me to other floating lolitas. I think it’s very cool and flattering. I encourage people to send me their results, so I can post them to my facebook page (with credit of course).
Here are some that I’ve come across so far. I’ll try my best to credit the source. Keep up the good work ladies and bro's.
*Photo credit Marie Cherie Chavarria
*photo credit Sissy Doll
*photo credit http://mlle-marianne.tumblr.com/
Message me here to submit your Floatey Loli's.
I’m also going to make a tutorial, on how I do it in-camera, tips on what mistakes not to make, and maybe a photoshop tutorial afterward.
Thank you to everyone who has participated so far in the Suspended Elegance project, and for all the positive feedback. <3
August will be full of new floating updates! Stay tuned.