Jump!

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Jump! Next time you’re in front of the camera, jump! It’s so much fun.

The camera can cause anxiety and can encourage its subjects to quickly produce fake, staged faces and forced expressions. Awkwardness. Dopiness. Destination for photos? Trash. But, there are alternatives!

When you jump in front of the camera you focus on bending your knees and leaping! You don’t think of yourself or the image the camera will capture. You don’t think of that pimple or that weird patch of hair just above your right eyebrow — you think of jumping! You feel joy! You smile! You don’t care that people are around and that a camera is in front of you, you only care about jumping!

The camera catches the joy that is paired with the physical act of jumping. Hair flies, clothes become weightless, and your face erupts with a genuine smile.

Jumping in front of the camera is so much fun that it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it’s not new. The legendary photographer, Phillipe Halsman, captured pop culture figures from the 50s  in his AMAZING!, Jump Book.

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Here are a couple of our favorite jump’s from Halsman

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Enjoy more images at Halsman’s site, Vogue and mental_floss

What are you favorite jump photos? Submit your favorite photo and we’ll feature it on our Instagram next week!

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