Jump — Safe Excitement


Photographer Philippe Halsman jumping with Marylin Monroe

An article “The Joys of Jumpology” in the New York Times reminded us of another fine form of safe excitement. Jumping. Simply jumping. It’s kind of like skipping, but simpler.

Unless it is being photographed by photographer Philippe Halsman, the subject of the article. Halsman photographed celebrities in mid air — in the mid point of a jump. “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,” Halsman said.

A midair Audrey Hepburn

An exhibition of jumps caught by Halsman on film is now at the Laurence Miller Gallery, 20 West 57th Street, New York.

Some of us dull men like to jump. But we do it in private. We are not celebrities. No demand for photos of us jumping. We do it simply for the joy of doing it. And there are health benefits.

Going beyond a simple jump — enhanced jumping

Jumping rope:



Ramp it up — jump on a trampoline:


Ramping further up — skipping:


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