“Lilo! She’s a little girl this big, she has black hair and brown eyes and she hangs around with that THING!”
”A sweet-looking Japanese girl who, one day, decided to take self-portraits..of herself levitating. She can be spotted in and around Tokyo, equipped with her SLR and her self-timer. When she feels the moment strike, she presses the shutter button down and then, quite literally, “jumps” into place. What I love most about her shots is that they don’t feel forced. Natsumi has a way of making us feel as though she naturally levitates throughout life. When I asked her how others react to her jumping around Tokyo, here is a funny story that she shared. “One day, when I was jumping at a famous sightseeing spot in western Tokyo, workers at a souvenir shop were frightened by how I was jumping. They were whispering things like ‘Is the girl mentally ill’ and ‘Do we need to call the police?’ “So I stopped jumping and apologized to them by saying, ‘I am taking jumping photos for my wedding party’s slide show.’ Their faces turned bright red, and they said things like ‘Oh dear!’ and ‘Congratulations!’ and even ‘Keep jumping!’
There’s a fairy tale by George MacDonald (author of The Princess and the Goblin) called The Light Princess, where a baby princess is cursed to live without gravity and she just kinda floats around her castle causing hijinks. MacDonald’s heroines have a lot in common with Miyazaki’s (which is pretty impressive, considering he was, like, a Victorian clergyman?): courageous, mischievous, fallible, and of course, day-saving.
Natumi’s photoset totally reminds me of a Miyazaki-type premise, making me think he oughta write a story in her honor… but I also think the Studio Ghibli style would mesh something wonderful with any one of Macdonald’s stories.
Reblogging for Myra!