Proving that art and athleticism are not mutually exclusive, Mickael Jou's photo series presents a reality in which we'd all like to belong.
Dancer and photographer Mickael Jou is without a doubt one of a very few individuals able to pull off a series of choreographed photos this precise, thoughtful and beautiful. The Taiwanese-French-American launched production on his project, “365 Photos”, nearly three years ago, and it will likely take him another three years to finish it. (Quite obviously, he does not take one photo per day.)
Years ago, Jou began practicing dance in the streets of Paris, and recalls people taking his picture as he did so, and soon enough inspiration struck.
Jou commenced his self-portraiture project, convening two arts into one breathtaking product. Said Jou, “My self-portraits help me express the emotions that I feel while dancing. Dance is a very powerful art form, and I try to translate my emotions into my photography.”
The “365 Photos” series takes place in and around his hometown city of Berlin, and sees Mickael in a variety of locations, both in and outdoors. Through these photos, he is able to exude a wide range of feeling, and imply to viewers that gravity simply does not exist in his world. The entirety of his series (thus far) can be viewed online, where his artistically styled and breathtaking photos reside on his Tumblr account.