Jump for Joy! Photo Project
Showcasing the beauty of the human spirit - in mid air - around the world
Quote of the week:
"...if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours." - Henry David Thoreau
*** ALOHA! Exciting news for me this week... I just arrived in Kaua'i, Hawaii today! My dear friend Anna picked me up from the airport and brought me straight to an incredible beach.. and of course, I just had to jump for joy immediately when I hit the sand :) Anna has kindly arranged accommodation for me and has also lined up some local Hawaiian jumpers to jump for joy with me in some breath taking locations. I can't wait to get started and to share the photos... Thanks Anna!
*** My last week in Vancouver I had a great time as always and had the pleasure of doing jump for joy photos during a stunning sunset at 3rd beach in Stanley Park with Zara Durani. went on a wandering adventure through Vancouver with Brandi Leifso, and shot the adorable Bella, her mom Ria and a couple more of my lovely sister Ahbyah at Sunset Beach. I was hoping to set up a Vancouver group jump with all the people who jumped for joy with me in Vancouver, but the timing didn't work out so I will have to set one up at a later date :)
*** If you live in Kauai and would like to set up a jumping shoot while I am here (September 16-26), please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm already looking forward to creating fun art with you!! :)
Featured Jumper of the week: Meechelle Neal!
Meechelle Neal ... From: I was born in Edmonton, grew up in Victoria Live: currently live/work in Vancouver. Work: Actor
Q: What inspires you to want to jump for joy?
A: Any time someone rises above their perceived limitations, any time there is an act of kindness, any time I am with my friends/family/partner and whenever I am creating (especially collaboratively).
Q.What was your experience like doing the jumping photos? How did you feel?
A: I felt like I was on fire, like I could actually jump really high and working with Eyoälha was so much fun! It's amazing how much I enjoyed jumping over and over again with her words of enthusiasm and encouragement pushing me. It truly was a joyous experience :)
Q: What inspires you in life?
A: True human connection.
Q: What is/are your greatest passion(s) in life?
A: Acting and writing are my greatest passions because they make me turn myself inside out, to breathe life into characters and to delve into psyches different than my own.
Q: What is your driving force in life?
A: I want to create a better world because I believe we all have the capacity to leave this place better off than when we got here.
Q: What is your philosophy in life?
A: It's not who you are, it's what you do.
Q: If you could do anything in the world, what would it be?
A: I would get paid to act full-time because I am happiest when I'm on set working as an actor. I am definitely working towards that goal by being a part of many different projects with almost all of them paid-gigs these days.
Q: What work/art/projects are you working on?
A: I currently have a short film in post-production and two in pre-production. I am filming a music video with the amazingly talented David Blair and I am the most proud of a short film I wrote/produced/starred in called 'Therapy' as seen on the NSI Film Festival: Meeshelle Neal.
Q: Interesting facts about you or something special you want to share.
JOY! WHAT MAKES YOU JUMP FOR JOY?
A: I used to be a lot harder on myself. Over time I have learned to love my imperfections as they are what make me unique and interesting.
The photos Meeshelle were taken at Sunset beach near English Bay, Vancouver BC Canada.
Stop by the JOY! page and post your answer in 10 words or less..
My favorite answer from the Joy! page this week is from leahJlynn who shared:
"The fact that I’am loved and Blessed from above makes myself and heart jump for joy daily"
Please email me at: email@example.com if you have feedback and suggestions about the project.. I would love to hear from you.
For more frequent updates and jumping photos, stop by the Jump for Joy! Photo Project webpage/blog
Have a great week, with lots of fun and filled with joy!
Much love, Eyoäha
jumping self-portrait was taken in Kaua'i, Hawaii