“Terrors and Pleasures of Levitation”
This photo from the 60 from the 60’s exhibit at the George Eastman House, entitled “Terrors and Pleasures of Levitation” nicely illustrates the following in our reading:
“At the turn of the century and later, scientists in physiology and other fields used photographs and motion picture film to conduct fram analyses in order to reveal aspects of a living or moving entity (such as a body or a machine). The idea was that by breaking down and freezing moments in the flow of a body’s or a machine’s continuous process, we might learn something about its function — something imperceptible to the eye, imperceptible in the unaltered footage. (Sturken & Cartwright, pg. 289)”
The photo shows a muscular male form in the midst of a mid-air leap. With his arms outspread and head up, his body language in this photo suggests his is the “pleasure” rather than the “terror” of levitation.