The AP Includes Li Wei's Gravity-Defying Spectacle In The Top 150 Photos Of 2012

<p>The Chinese illusion artist seemingly elevates in Paris. We&#8217;ve got the insight into his process.</p>

Beijing-based artist Li Wei likes to capture unseen forces in his epic gravity-defying photography, working in the space between reality and fantasy. He typically uses heavy-duty wires to create his illusions before erasing the lines in Photoshop. To paraphrase Wei in our behind-the-scenes documentary above… the magic is all in the details.

(AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

This year the Associated Press included a photograph of Wei “levitating” in the sky at La Villette in Paris as part of their top 150 photos of the year. If you look closely, you can still see the wires looming over the artist’s head—obviously, since Wei didn’t doctor this one himself.

Learn more about Wei’s complicated production process in the video above.