Monday, May 24, 2010

Night Jumping

Lately, Bo and I have been taking pictures of our evening guests jumping in the backyard at night. Bo termed it "night jumping," which instantly summons REM:

Nightswimming deserves a quiet night.....I'm not sure all these people understand.

Furthermore - I was telling a hypersmart friend of mine about night jumping yesterday, and how we hoped over years to amass a hilarious collection of various acquaintances springing into the Vermont night - and he told me - hey - there's a photographer - Phillipe Halsman - who did that with his subjects after shoots.

And because this world is full of coincidences, an article on Halsman's work was featured in the NYT today - and friends and family picked up on our mutual love of photographed jumping - what Halsman termed "Jumpology." Clearly ours is the impoverished and slightly drunk version of Halsman's concept - but all in good fun.

My favorite line from the NYT piece - which I think explains the appeal of the jumping photos we've been taking - is below:

“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.”

Aldous Huxley -Photo Credit

1 comment:

  1. must clear rhombus and daddy for their permission to post their night jumping photos. they are outstanding examples of this phenomenon.

    {and i am sad you have not incorporated the importance of confetti...surely that helps dissolve the mask as well}