Aiko's Levitation Project

Here is a project that I worked on with my girlfriend Aiko, she was finishing here Media Arts Production course at Greenwich University and wanted to put together something special as her final project.

I'm really pleased with the finished project, it was an ideal opportunity to get to know my other girlfriend, the Fuji X Pro 1 - a photowalk with two of my favourite girls, what's not to love?

Aiko's Levitation Project
Aiko's Levitation Project
Aiko's Levitation Project
Aiko's Levitation Project

The key to this style of photography is a fast shutter speed, we were shooting at 6fps and using the shots where Aiko was at the peak of the jump. I tried to shoot as carefully as possible to avoid camera shake, the X Pro was more than capable.

Aiko's Levitation Project

The canal shots were really difficult as light was getting low and it was absolutely freezing, but I'm glad we shot here since Aiko and I spent a lot of time here during our early days together.

Aiko's Levitation Project
Aiko's Levitation Project
Aiko's Levitation Project
Aiko's Levitation Project
Aiko's Levitation Project
Aiko's Levitation Project
Aiko's Levitation Project
Aiko's Levitation Project
Aiko's Levitation Project
Aiko's Levitation Project
Aiko's Levitation Project
Aiko's Levitation Project
Aiko's Levitation Project

This is one of my favourite shots, the colours are great and it builds on the humour we tried to invoke with a few of the other shots - you should have seen the look on the face of the barista.

Aiko's Levitation Project

It was getting dark so we had to be even more resourceful with our shot choices, sticking close to windows was a great help.

Aiko's Levitation Project
Aiko's Levitation Project
Aiko's Levitation Project
Aiko's Levitation Project

Another one of my favourites here.

Aiko's Levitation Project
Aiko's Levitation Project
Aiko's Levitation Project
Aiko's Levitation Project
Aiko's Levitation Project
Aiko's Levitation Projectgoodnight

Thanks for hanging in there Aiko!

Jumping over 40 times to get each shot right isn't fun, especially when we were really going for a natural and flowing aesthetic which meant a lot of retries. I made sure we went out for a nice meal to get out of the cold afterwards, no pictures unfortunately!

This collection actually went on to win an award, you'd have to ask Aiko about the specifics but it was definitely a welcome surprise at her graduation ceremony. We worked very hard on the project and have some prints to send to family in Japan.

We will definitely continue the series at one point in the future.