More than a photo but not quite a video | Animated photography

At the first glance this looks like a picture. Ready to scroll down to the next image you think to yourself.. Am I seeing things?? Did I just see her closing her eyes?? Did I just see the hair spray mist in the air? The answer is no you did not see things. This is the amazing art of animated images. Jamie Beck is a New York city based fashion photographer and she created theses animated photographs with the collaboration of Kevin Burg. She calls them “cinemagraphs”, which are “more than a photo but not quite a video”.

For those of you that want to go into more detail and read about how she does this, there is a great article in the Atlantic where you can read more details.

Here is a quote from the article in Atlantic:

“To put it in less “artspeak” form: Our Cinemagraphs are a way of adding motion to a still image. On average, the more intricate ones take a day to edit and the simpler ones take 3-4 hours. It’s something we’d been experimenting with for about a year but it really came together during fashion week with the post “Les Tendrils” and culminated with “Anna Sees Everything” which touches on the “ultimate portrait” — an image that captures the essence of a person through an action or a scene they are closely associated with. Another example of that is “We all get dressed for Bill.” The image format of these is .gif — and that’s been highly influential to their style since a .gif adds many interesting and archaic limitations to what is possible. The .gif format is practically as old as the internet itself and we find it interesting that as a format it’s getting new life, particularly on Tumblr. But ultimately it’s a delivery mechanism in the same way JPEG is to still images.”

Miranda Marrs - July 11, 2011 - 3:58 pm

Perhaps I’m a nerd, but I’m a bit mesmerized with these pictures in a “Oh man, these are like the pictures from the Harry Potter books!” way.

Lela Johnson - July 11, 2011 - 4:15 pm

Weird & Cool at the same time-love it!

Katie Destry - July 11, 2011 - 8:22 pm

This is simply AMAZING!

Amy Moore - July 14, 2011 - 4:18 pm

This is beyond unique and original. I can’t stop looking at them – amazing!

christine - May 2, 2013 - 7:06 am

This is what I can only dream of being one day….. What an imagination and skillset!!

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