The Jump for Joy project was inspired by 18 months of isolation.
COVID-19 hit all of us hard in so many different ways. People are still struggling with the loss of loved ones, financial concerns and feelings of fear and confusion. Those of us who are self-employed, particularly those whose services are "optional" when times are tough, felt our business come to a screeching halt. For people who are passionate about what they do, which describes most artists, not being able to work is particularly distressing.
Everyone faced unique challenges, but for those of us who live alone the isolation and lack of social contact was really difficult and emotionally taxing. With the news of COVID restrictions being lifted and the hope of returning to some degree of normalcy, I felt my spirits lifting. I wanted to convey that feeling photographically and then it hit me. Why not enlist the help of my friends and have them jump for joy!
I set up a small trampoline in the studio and several layers of padding on the floor, and after everyone signed a model release, I had them jump over and over again until they were exhausted. These images are a distillation of the hundreds I created, and the last photo in the series was taken by my buddy and fellow photographer Matthew Lemke.
Hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed making them!