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Up, Up, and Away!

Artsy Editorial
Apr 30, 2013 4:30PM

“Bye, Mom!” Rachel Hulin’s baby would yell as he left to go flying—that is, if he could talk. The photographer is notorious for capturing her child mid-flight, often soaring at extreme heights and seemingly without a care. “I felt like the pictures could show the world that babies inhabit that is all their own,” she has said. Although the images brought Hulin immediate attention—first from Facebook friends and a soon viral following—the artist was slow to reveal the secrets of her process. “I never throw him, and I never move him into a place in the frame that he wasn’t in to begin with... I think telling you more would ruin it,” she maintained, until finally letting it slip about her subtractive method in Photoshop. We prefer to believe that Henry simply learned to fly (like the baby in this video).

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