– ARTIST

Eyoälha Baker

Eyoälha Baker is a passionate artist, photographer, muralist, public speaker, writer, community engagement activator and the creative behind the Jump for Joy Photo Project.

Born on Canada’s West Coast, Eyoälha (Eee-YO-Lah) means the wind in the Kwakwa’ka’wakw (Kwakiutl) language. Traveling and living around the world from a young age has given her a great appreciation for cultural differences and human similarities.

Eyoälha has spent six years taking photographs of people from all walks of life, jumping into the air to capture their unique essence and joyful energy. She then shares the photos as features online and with the community through large-scale public art murals which have garnered international praise and inspired people worldwide. Her images and writing have been published internationally, she was the inaugural Artist in Residence at the Palm Springs Cultural Center, and has spoken about her work on numerous occasions, including TEDx, PeaceLove and Interesting Vancouver.

She holds a BFA with Honours from Concordia University, a Media Resources Diploma and attended LAMP International Business Management Program at Capilano University.


Self Portrait Eyoälha Baker

Artist Eyoälha Baker

Digital photography is one of my favourite mediums. I capture images that share how I see beauty in the world.

I’ve always been interested in photography, childhood included stacks of National Geographic’s and fashion magazines like Vogue / BAZAAR. I consider myself mostly self taught, through experimentation and play. more of my photography work can be seen at www.eyoalha.com

I fell in love with digital photography when I bought my first digital Canon Powershot camera- 3.2 megapixels in 2005. I was excited to experiment and play with light, motion, framing and to take hundreds of photos without concern of wasting costly film.. and it’s so instant. I love the instant gratification of seeing the images.

I loved that camera so much that I risked my life chasing down a thief (James Bond style) during Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I was lucky, I got it back with the help of some armed police officers who popped up once we had run through the crowd into a less populated street. I got my camera back and no one was harmed 🙂

I find immense joy in capturing the essence of the moment, documenting the beauty and movement in the spontaneity of life, also one of the reasons why I love jumping photos!

I believe in the positive effects of joy on society as a whole, and enjoy the creative collaboration between photographer and subject. Becoming a muralist, speaker, community engagement artist, published writer/photographer were things I never dreamed of or imagined I could achieve, they just organically happened through creating this project, which continues to morph and change every year. Please follow along on my jump for joy journey and discover along with me how it will all unfold.


More on why I decided to create Jump for Joy Photo Project, and Artist in Residence presentation.

More on why I decided to create Jump for Joy Photo Project, and Artist in Residence presentation in Palm Springs

TEDXEastVan Talk:

Jumping for Joy opened hearts and unified communities | Eyoälha Baker | TEDxEastVan

Telus Optic TV mini Doc filmed while creating the 9000 sq ft Vancouver Jump for Joy Mural
Telus Optic TV mini Doc filmed while creating my first Vancouver Jump for Joy Mural


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479 Comments

  1. Thank you for visiting and following my blog. I am sorry it took me awhile to come here, especialy since I absolutely love your blog! Prepare to see more of me 😉 And keep on doing what you do!

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  2. You should be very proud. I have read through the replies to your story. Everyone is inspired by you. Providing a positive presents in a world filled with much atrocity is a needed balance. Don’t ever stop clicking that camera!

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  3. I’ll be signing up to follow your project. We share the importance of a life lived in joy. In my blog, on February 28 I wrote about “Joy,” on March 7 about “Dancing with a Wild God,” and on January 3, about your name “Like the Wind”.
    God be in your heart – always!

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  4. Your photography is absolutely lovely. Jumping photos have such an uplifting (excuse the pun) spirit to them. I think I will attempt some of my own today!
    Thank you for the follow on my blog, and I can’t wait to explore more of yours!
    Best wishes,
    Megan

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  5. You have a lovely blog and photos! I’ve never tried jumping pictures before, I think I might have a go at it with my little people this afternoon 🙂

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  6. Love your pictures, I might have to emulate you and take a jumping picture too, just for the heck of it 🙂 Or perhaps I can get my dog to do it for me, she loves jumping… Being the little terrier that she is.

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  7. I jump for joy that you have signed up to follow me! May you be well in every aspect of your life! May you share your joy in a positive way that makes the difference in the lives of many! You inspire me to jump for joy! Hugs and be well! Jane

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  8. Eyoälha – I started developing my photography skills a couple years ago and just LOVE photography. Your Jump for Joy project is such an awesome and fun idea. Have a great time jumping. I look forward to seeing more of it.

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  9. (Namutilda) N~ with joy thanks you for following our really boring blog in landscape architecture theory and research. We @ N~ fully believe jumping is an important way to keep on being happy and joyous. Keep on jumping.

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  10. Hi – Thanks for visiting and following my blog! Your joy is certainly very visible in your lovely photos – you can certainly jump high! Vancouver is a beautiful city by the way, and way warmer than Ottawa 🙂 I look forward to joining you in joyous jumping!

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