Jump for Joy! Showcasing the beauty of the human spirit – in mid-air – around the world! _______________________________________________________
“When you ask a person to jump, his attention is mostly directed toward the act of jumping and the mask falls so that the real person appears.” – Philippe Halsman ____________________________________________________________________
Eyoälha Baker is a photographer and artist who likes to capture human joy in mid-air.
Eyoälha, which means ‘the wind’ in the Kwakwa’ka’wakw language of her ancestors from the North West Coast of Canada, believes that the world needs more joy and that “now is the time to remember the importance of fun, playing, crating, community, sharing and love.”
Through the Jump for Joy! project, she found a way to express just that: the true joy and child-like playfulness of the people whom she invites to “jump for joy” in front of her camera lens.
As to her contribution to the shift of our collective focus from the negative to the positive Eyoälha explains, “It can be so easy to get caught up in the stresses of life, with trade deficits, wars, disasters, injustices, difficult relationships, bills, etcetera. We can sometimes forget the importance of play and tend to feel weighed down when continually being fed negative stories online and in the news at every turn.
“Let’s remind ourselves to take ourselves a little less seriously. Lets play, laugh and Jump for Joy!”
The artist plans to compile a book of a thousand happy jumpers from around the world followed by an exhibit showcasing some of the most inspiring images.