David Nemcsik’s “Levitation Project”
Peruse any entry-level Photoshopper’s blog and chances are they’ve attempted (and likely botched) images of people suspended in air. It’s a fun technology-induced trick that, when practiced correctly, can have pretty mind-blowing results. Luckily, some people do levitation the right way. Sure it’s gimmicky, but it’s also pretty fantastic when someone looks as if he or she is actually floating mid-air.
For his university exam, photography student David Nemcsik decided to take this illusion to the next level, not only perfecting levitation via photo enhancer, but adding a whole new element of fantasy into the mix. He asked his friends and classmates about their last dream. Where were they?
The answers appear within each meticulously crafted image. Taken in various locations in Hungary, young men and women float just about everywhere — a forest, a skate park, and even a parking garage.
“I’d like to show that people can levitate,” Nemcsik told My Modern Met. “It’s magical and mysterious. They are levitating in a lying position just as if you’d be if you were lying in your bed while you were sleeping.”
Nemcsik’s pictures chronicle the wonderful places our imaginations take us when we travel to that magical dream world. Levitating might not be possible, but Nemcsik’s art makes it seem like a reality. As his subjects quite literally live their dreams, Nemcsik’s photographs remind us of all the places we have been as we sleep horizontally in bed — hovering over Hungarian parking garages and beyond.
These dream worlds inspire even more fantasy. What if we weren’t tied to the earth? Levitation has been a coveted myth for centuries, and there is no question why. Defying gravity is the ultimate superhuman experience. Although we doubt we will start floating midair anytime soon, Nemcsik’s photo series reminds us that anything is possible… in our dreams.