Animated Gifs

This is a GIF that popped into my head after looking at some GIF and animations on the net. The original has been changed some to make the current version after some advice from my art tutor.

I’ve tried to juxtapose moving animation and static photo to create a similar effect as Jamie Beck & Kevin Burg has used, but to a slightly different effect by combining animation and photo instead of just using photos. If this was to be displayed it would also feature speakers with a constant tone being sung by the model.

Some very interesting animated Gifs by Jamie Beck & and Kevin Burg.

The History of Cinemagraph(soruce: http://cinemagraphs.com/)

A Cinemagraph is an image that contains within itself a living moment that allows a glimpse of time to be experienced and preserved endlessly.

Visual Graphics Artist Kevin Burg began experimenting with the .gif format in this style in 2009 but it wasn’t until he partnered with photographer Jamie Beck to cover NYFW that Cinemagraphs were born. Marrying original content photography with the desire to communicate more to the viewer birthed the cinemagraph process. Starting in-camera, the artists take a traditional photograph and combine a living moment into the image through the isolated animation of multiple frames. To quote supermodel Coco Rocha “it’s more than a photo but not quite a video”.

Beck and Burg named the process “Cinemagraphs” for their cinematic quality while maintaining at its soul the principles of traditional photography. Launched virally through social media platforms Twitter and Tumblr, both the style of imagery and terminology has become a class of its own. The creative duo are looking forward to exploring future display technologies for gallery settings as well as pushing this new art form and communication process as the best way to capture a moment in time or create a true living portrait in our digital age while embracing our need to communicate visually and share instantly.

Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg reside in New York City.

The capture of a tiny moment of time repeated endlessly is a quite interesting concept, and the contrast that the movement gains from being juxtaposed with the static nature of the rest of the photo makes the movement stand out even more, perhaps even more than it would in a movie. The effect that arises from this effect is quite similar to what Eulerian video magnification software accomplishes(http://people.csail.mit.edu/mrub/vidmag/). This software enhances subtle changes in a video clip so that one for example the colour change that happens in a persons face as the pulse beats is magnified to a perceptual level.

This tutorial helped me understand the Animation system in Photoshop.

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