All photos courtesy of Mickael Jou
In this whimsical 365 self-portrait series called "Air Through the Ashes," Berlin-based dancer Mickael Jou leaps and pirouettes through his daily life — from trips to supermarkets and cafes to leisurely strolls through museums and parks.
The Taiwanese-French-American artist, who specializes in ballet and modern dance, began this photographic journey as a result of his experiences dancing in the streets of Paris. Flocks of tourists would gather to photograph and film his performances, inspiring him to pick up his own camera.
The resulting combination of these two distinct arts — dancing and photography — is downright ethereal. As you flip through his magnetizing photo portfolio, you'll quickly notice that in many of the scenes, it appears as if he is effortlessly levitating above the ground.
"My self-portraits help me express the emotions that I feel while dancing," Jou writes. "Dance is a very powerful art form, and I try to translate my emotions into my photography."
As with many 365 photography projects, it takes a lot of imagination and dedication to continuously churn out great work, but Jou faces these challenges with unwavering enthusiasm.
"I’ve spent the last three years working on this 365 photo project," Jou explains, "and will probably need another three years to finish it."
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