Hop. Leap. Jump. Movement is what makes Tomas Januska appreciate the world and was the main idea behind his photography project "Gravity."
“We all know that when a person moves or works physically, their muscles release endorphins which affect their happiness,” Januska told TODAY.com. “By seeing this other side of people who are active and obviously happy with life, I decided that I wanted to display this in my final piece of photography work.”
Janusk, who was born in Kretinga, Lithuania, moved to England to study at East London University. He decided to make the transition once he realized he wanted to turn his hobby of photography into a career.
At university he often shot sports and portraits, and he knew he wanted to somehow combine his two favorite subjects. “Since I [had] been photographing extreme sport athletes for a while, I used to talk to them a lot and used to see physically active people’s daily routines,” said Januska. “It made me see how this physical activeness determined a person’s quality of life.”
He started to look at ballet dancers as a way to combine his interests in athleticism and portraiture. Able-bodied dancers made ideal subjects for his series based on movement, whose subjects had to leap constantly for the camera.
Janusk hopes his images motivate people to get out and move. “Like one person said to me, 'muscles are there for us to move,' so move those muscles,” he said. “Be happy about what you are doing, because life is much better if we move.”