“What we describe as animated photography is not animation at all. All that happens is that a long string of snap-shot photographs… are passed at rapid speed before the eye.” – F. A. Talbot “Moving Pictures: How They are Made and Worked”, 1912.
Even if we tend to perceive the movement, it is only an illusion, as the animated photos (Cinemagraphs) don’t record the moving object, but different motionless positions of the object, that are later combined using different kinds of sometimes sophisticated techniques to create the animated photography that amazes us so much. Another element of amazement is the 3D-like effect that occasionally makes it more realistic than we could imagine it is possible.
Ok, so there’s a trend lately in photography, maybe you’ve seen something while surfing the internet in one of those restless sleepless nights. It consists of creating Cinemagraphs 3D-like photos that have an animated element. The effect is pretty amazing and gives the actual impression of dimension and depth, as if the person or object captured in the photo is actually in front of your eyes, at the distance of just a touch.
In the showcase for today we’ve gathered amazing 3D-like animated photos for your enjoyment and inspiration. Take a look and pick your favourite one!
Cinemagraphs – Animated Photos
You’ve probably seen hundreds of times those animated avatars on the Internet, but what I suggest you to look through in this collection will change your attitude towards the animated gif…
The New York photographer Jamie Beck, together with the web designer Kevin Burg, have created a series of animated pictures that are a real art on the verge of photography and video. Jamie calls this photos «cinemagraphs», but this is not photography, and still not cinematography. In these photographs Kevin has used some new technology. So here, take your time to contemplate and admire these wonderful pieces of new art. Enjoy!