Photo taken on February 29, 2012 in Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Rick's Jump-Star Interview:
How did you first hear about Jump Because?
through a friend
What is the first word that comes to mind when you hear the word "jump"?
We started Jump Because because we felt there was something special about jumping - and our hunch is that you might feel the same. Do you? What do you think sets jumping apart from things like hopping, running, and so on?
It's difficult to discuss this without including Philippe Halsman in the discussion. His view was one we all come to understand as we attempt to capture jumping photos. In my view jumping is unique because it is a single act that is frozen by the camera. Hopping and running are a series motions that generally don't epitomize the expression of joy that a jump possess. When have you seen a grumpy jumper? Even when I've taken jump shots of cops they drop the persona pretty fast and a big innocent smile presents itself.
This is a 2-part question. 1.) Do you remember the last time you jumped? If yes, when was it? 2.) How did you feel?
"1) Thursday past. I administer the group ""Love To Leap Thursday"" on Flickr and the group encourages a jump every Thursday to help welcome the upcoming weekend.
2)I felt happily distracted. I left the office for a half hour to try and capture a self timed jump and my mind left the tax law mess I was researching far behind!"
Is there a post from www.jumpbecause.com that you have found to be especially awesome? What was it, and why was it so great?
I wish I could name just one but I can't. The variety of jump styles and photographic techniques makes each one amazing.
What's one interesting thing about yourself that you'd like to share?
I've had the opportunity to meet people from all over the world simply because of jumping pictures. So many wonderful people have emailed me when they're traveling to Utah and I have had the chance to take their jumpshot. That offer always stands!
At jump because, we talk a lot about jumping. But, "standing because" is important, too. What do you stand for? This question is inspired by a traveling art exhibit called "What do you stand for?" put on by Art180, which is a youth art's organization. Like Jump Because, Art180 is based in Richmond, Virginia. You can read more info about their project here: http://www.art180.org/index.shtml
It's interesting you pose that question. The late Gorden B Hinckley, former President and Prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints always asked that. It's certainly made me think, what do I stand for? I hope I stand for honesty and integrity. I hope I stand as an example to my co-workers and clients. I hope I stand for all the good and honorable people who are trying their best to make this world a better place.
Do you have any feedback for us at www.jumpbecause.com?
Yes I do. Thank you for all of your work compiling these photos and going to the effort to contact us and for keeping so many of us interested in this wonderful world of jump photography.