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Sharing the joy of the human spirit in mid air around the world!
International Photography Project

Definition of JOY

1 – the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires. Delight. The expression or exhibition of such emotion : gaiety.
2 – a state of happiness or felicity : bliss
3 – a source or cause of delight.

Why jumping?

Jumping is fun.

Jumping is up lifting.

Jumping is celebration.

Jumping is good for your health.

Jumping is silly, freeing and energizing.

Jumping is a unique expression of who you are.

You use your own energy, strength and determination to jump.

Jumping for joy celebrates all that is good and positive in the world.

Jumping gets your blood pumping and gives you an adrenaline rush.

Jumping is a metaphor for life and a symbol for expressing and sharing joy.


“Surrounding yourself with images that uplift your spirit is as important for your health as nutritious food.” – Deepak Chopra – Origin Magazine


I meet up with people to do jumping photo sessions with the intention of creating and sharing the energy of joy.

I take photos as people jump up into the air and share their energy of joy with the world. This fun, playful action symbolizes lifting ourselves and others up with the energy of joy.

By focusing on the energy of joy and creating a compilation of joyful photos, I am creating a unified community that showcases creativity, positivity, joy and fun that uplifts both participants and viewers.

Capturing the expression of joy through the simple act of jumping, reminds us to take ourselves and life a little less seriously, if just for a few moments.


“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.” – Philippe Halsman


Leading up to 2012, there were theories that the world was coming to an end… We are still here. The world is still turning and with the speed of our technology, it seems to be spinning faster than ever before. Wars and injustice are still raging rampant, people are still working themselves to death to obtain objects and status in individualistic societies, and people are still dying from starvation when there is food enough to feed the world.

There is an increasing focus on positivity and joy in the social consciousness that IS changing the world as we know it.

I am passionate about showcasing positive, ethical people/leaders, creators and change makers. I’m inspired by people improving the world by doing what they love, people who are positively inspiring the world with integrity, and taking risks to make their life dreams into reality. People are focusing on self love, joy, peace, community and cooperation.

There is an overwhelming movement and desire to create a better world, a better place to live, for everyone and I want to capture and share that energy.

Sharing Jump for Joy photos is my way to reach the true joy and childlike playfulness within people, and spread the powerful energy of joy around the world.

Let’s play, create positive images, laugh and Jump for Joy!


*** All the photos in this project I have taken myself unless credited otherwise.


Completed Public Art Projects

Palm Springs Cultural Center Artist in Residence. A compilation of nearly 200 photos of people jumping for joy around the Coachella Valley. A mural covering 3 walls of the PS Cultural Center.

Wall of Joy Mural 65ft high by 114 ft wide. A compilation of 250, 6×6 ft and 6×4 ft posters of approximately 300+ people jumping for joy. It was on the corner of Abbott and Pender Street, Vancouver was completed in August 2015/ Removed May 2016.

Jump for Joy Photo Mural Vancouver BC Canada. The mural was a compilation of photos of almost 200 people jumping for joy in different parts of Vancouver. The photos were enlarged to 4×4 ft. and printed on 11×17 sheets cut and pasted together, then pasted to the wall. Completed August 4, 2014 – Removed April 30, 2015: 114 ft wide x 32 ft high

Eyoalha Baker speaking about the Jump for Joy Photo Project and how the project evolved from photo shoots into to community engagement and public art projects at TEDXEASTVAN



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351 Comments

  1. HAHAHAHA This is the most insanely Awesome thing I have ever heard of. I am current typeing with one hand so that i can have my other one free to wipe the tears from my eyes. If you took all the awesome in the world and in a big press and squeezed the juice out of it. That is how awesome this project is. Just top shelf blogging.

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  2. When I saw your project, I immediately remembered the famous photo of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor way back in the 40’s. Then I saw your quote by Philippe Halsman, and knew I was on the right track. This is a great project, and I wish you lots of followers. (And lots of joy!)

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  3. Eyoälha (did I spell that right?)…

    I am thoroughly intrigued and now a fan of your “joy” that you are spreading! And not only that but HOW you are expressing it through photography (a picture is worth a thousand words!), flight, through jumping; all a clear expression of excitement, energy, and our beautiful human spirit! Wow. Can you do this 24/7/365 around the whole world!? 😉

    Also, I have two dear college friends that live in the northwest, one on Puget Sound — such an incredibly gorgeous area including Vancouver! Well, pretty much all of British Columbia!

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  4. I love your idea because I am an aficionado of jumping photos as well. I have 2 questions: 1) When is the book due out? 2) Do you have any pointers for the jumper/photographer to coordinate the best mid-air leap? Oh! And thank you for following the 4feet2mouths travel & food blog.

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    1. 1) The book will likely be out in about 2 years, first I need to travel and take the jumping photos, edit, select and self publish … I will keep you posted as I progress, just follow along 😉
      2) I do the count down 1, 2, 3, Go! You start to instinctively know the timing after a while.

      Hope it helps!

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  5. This project is such a wonderfully, inspiring idea. I am so happy to have found this passionately energetic place. I will plant my joy with yours here because as you have so eloquently pointed out: The world needs more JOY!
    Thank you beautiful one!

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  6. Loved the concept and your elan for life. More people should be into jumping for joy. The world needs to be happier and elated at being alive. I wish you the best. Barry

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  7. This is an awesome project jumpforjoy. It must be contagious or something because looking through your pictures makes me quite ecstatic. Something I think would be cool (and wish I had the resources to do so) would be a skydive with multiple joyful poses. But don’t forget to pull the parachute!

    Cheers,
    Jon

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  8. Great project I always loved the jumpology photographs and i love what your doing! Thanks for the follow and I look forward to seeing more from you! Any plans to visit Aussie? Lucy xo

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  9. Hello, you have an amazing blog. I love love love it! I’m jumping for joy! It also makes me wonder if this could work in written format i.e. a circular story where everybody adds their favourite memories.

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  10. Thank you for stopping by my blog – I have read yours and I truly love what you are doing. You are right, the world needs to see more Joy and live it. I think you are doing a beautiful thing here and I cant wait to see how it all goes for you.

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  11. Amazing project idea…so fun, so happy, so alive! I’ve just followed your blog, because whose Reader couldn’t use a bit more joy!! Good luck in your second year of jumping. 🙂

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  12. Interesting project. My own photographic journey has been long, and interfered with. First of all, digital destroyed the ‘real’ photography, that on film. Then, cameras were superceded by mobile phones, an it was all over. Good luck, anyway. Regards, Pete.

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    1. LOL thanks.. I think? However, I disagree with your opinion. I still love the way film looks.. Im sure there are many skilled photographers who continue to work with film. Digital and mobile phones have expanded the possibilities of photography and made it accessible to more people.. I don’t feel this has destroyed photography. We now have more formats to be creative, play and experiment with.. and I imagine there will be even more invented in the future. Which I think is great 🙂

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  13. I like the whole idea about your project for Jump for Joy. It sounds like a much needed project that all people need to see and experience. I agree that there does need to be much more positivity in the world even when the negative seems to overrun it. I totally support your efforts in your endeavors.

    Although I hold a B.A in journalism, I actually hope to be more of a traveling photographer and writer myself someday. LOL! I want to thank you for following my blog post! It really meant a lot to me! You were the first person to follow my site since I’ve been on WordPress and I am grateful for your support!

    I wish you the best of luck! 🙂

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  14. Thanks for visiting my blog–your visit led me back to you. What a great find! Your Joy Project is a terrific commitment to the beauty and gloriousness of life. Great luck with your project.

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  15. Oh, hooray, this is a great find, I’m so happy for you! I will be sharing your project and site soon with my readers. Thanks for reaching out to me at eat play move. This is lovely energy!

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  16. Amazing and inspiring project! Can’t wait to see the following ones! I to believe in joy & happiness can change a generation. To replace stress with love, honesty, common sense, integrity can and will change our world. Our animal kingdom is not dying off from such diseases such as cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, etc. And I believe the sole reason is self induced stress. Jump for joy for better health and a happier YOU!

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  17. What an amazing idea, to show people jumping for Joy and expressing joy! I love the whole idea and enjoy your photos. I will search my photos to see if I have any photos of people jumping with and sharing joy.
    Thanks for visiting my blog. It’s a wonderful thing to spread happiness around, the World could use more joy!
    Nikki

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