jump! leap! (philippe halsman)

photo: philippe halsman

We love of images of people jumping and leaping and have posted quite a few: they seemed like apt visual metaphors for a life principle, of being willing to take leaps…risk…or just jump for joy.  In 1959 , photographer Philippe Halsman published a series of famous people jumping. Our favorite is Eva Marie Saint, leaping with such joyous abandon.

It’s clear to us that when you jump, no matter who you are, you jump -if only a little – out of your usual stance, witness Halsman’s picture of the Duke and Dutchess of Windsor.

photo: philippe halsman

via Retronaut

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4 Responses to jump! leap! (philippe halsman)

  1. Jessica R. 02.10.2012 at 8:11am #

    The facial expressions say it all in the Duke and Duchess of Windsor photo. They’ve even left their shoes behind. Thanks for these images and thoughts.

    Your words brought to mind Dancers Among Us, Jordan Matter’s project–photos at http://www.dancersamongus.com/photos

    Sometimes you only have to witness the leap.

  2. maria robledo 02.10.2012 at 10:51am #


    He was good , all his subjects,so poised but honestly.


  3. Sally 02.11.2012 at 11:45am #

    Thanks for that: “Sometimes you only have to witness the leap.”

  4. Linda 02.12.2012 at 1:20am #

    Love those Royals! They just look like so much fun, or at least willing.

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