I wish I had something awesome (and truthful) to say each time I was asked. If this was the case, they could make a youtube video montage of all of my answers:
Friend: "What do you do with your time?"
Me: "Today I joined a fight club and punched someone's lights out"
"I jumped on the back of a unicorn and we rode a rainbow"
"I was hiding in a closet when I found the entrance to Narnia"
"I won a rap battle"
"I watched lotr: the extended version. All three of them. Back to back to back"
So to fill up those suddenly extra hours in my day, I've decided that May is "levitation month" and I started a Seattle series. May is kind of perfect for levitation because we have a lot of sunny days in Seattle for some great outdoor shots, but there still aren't a ton of people out and about to embarrass myself in front of.
In case you don't know about my sometimes hobby, you should check out my levitation page here. I got the idea when I heard about Yowayowa. Her pictures are pretty fantastic and admittedly much better than mine. But I like to tell myself that's because she's a professional and has an ultra hip and expensive camera...Plus she sometimes has assistants that go around with her to take the pictures and...well, I don't. Nevertheless, her levitation shots are nothing short of magic.
I'm asked a lot whether I photoshop my images, and they're 100% authentic (besides a little instagram filtering magic). This is how I do it: I don't have a tripod, so I set up my camera (a standard point-and-shoot) on a yellow stool. Sometimes I prop it up on an extra thick book too if I need the added height (my go-to book lately has been my Norton's Literature Anthology. Very handy). I put on a self-timer, run into place, and then jump at just the right time to get the picture.
I've found that I have the most difficulty with my face though. Oftentimes, I'll have a great levitation shot...but a derpy face. Probably because I'm thinking about all the factors I just mentioned. Or maybe because that's just the natural tendency of my face.
Last week, a group of people started accumulating to the side just to watch as I did my jumps. Yesterday, a few Chinese tourists took pictures of me while I was taking pictures of myself levitating. I usually get more than my share of weird looks and chuckles, but for the most part people are either fairly accommodating or have a complete lack of care whether I jump around or not.
People are oftentimes curious about what it is I'm doing. Some are surprisingly supportive. The other day, a Trader Joe's employee contributed an employee shirt to the levitation cause for me to wear during my shoot.
I could probably develop cooler pictures with less effort if I utilized photoshop -- I actually had a conversation with someone at the coffee shop I was doing levitation shots in who said there's apparently a way to drag the floor down in an image to make it look like you're levitating/jumping even higher than you are.
But. When I dreamed of flying as a kid, I always had to get a running start and a jump in order to take-off. I think Super Mario Bros. had it right when they made Mario sprint and take a leap in order to get into the air.
Besides, using photoshop is cheating. I was going to post a picture here about that, but all of the ones I found on google images seemed too mean to share.
And now when people ask me what I do with my time, I tell them: "I levitate."