Sunday, April 17, 2011

Jamie Beck’s Animated GIF Photography

New York City-based fashion photographer Jamie Beck, in collaboration with Kevin Burg, a web designer with a background in video and motion graphics, has created a series of gorgeous animated GIFs she calls “cinemagraphs”. A couple of them feature Canadian supermodel Coco Rocha, and these have gained quite a bit of media exposure recently. According to Rocha, cinemagraphs are “more than a photo, but not quite a video.”

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Even though the concept of animated GIFs is as old as the Internet, the ones circling around the web are often tacky and low brow. Jamie Beck’s animated GIFs, on the other hand, have an amazing atmosphere that has elevated the art of animated GIFs.

Jamie Beck’s first few animated images were sequenced still shots looped in rapid succession which is a fairly common way of making an animated image. Then she began utilizing more fluid motion isolated in certain parts of an image to to capture a moment of time, but also to un-freeze a still photograph by showing that moment's temporal movement. Says Jamie Beck:

We feel there are many exciting applications for this type of moving image. There's movement in everything and by capturing that plus the great things about a still photograph you get to experience what a video has to offer without the time commitment a video requires.

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Source: The Atlantic

More Cinemagraphs From Jamie Beck

20 comments:

  1. Incredible and brilliant use of the nuances in each photo!

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  2. How did you do that?

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  3. This reminds me of the "Daily Prophet" and other moving images in Harry Potter...I always loved how the 2D images moved.

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  4. Wow!!! I'm bowled by your volume of know-how. I am so fascinated. I think you have in-depth knowledge on this matter. I'm sure you are talented? Carry on. Thumbs up!

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  5. OMG, amazing photo,thanks for share

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  6. Some of these are infinitely amazing. But this doesn't work so well for people though except the make-up session. Off to checkout more from their site.

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  7. I think I saw some gif before..so wtf?

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  8. Just awesome, I love the unique style of these animations

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  9. Here’s my contribution to this new and fun technique! http://www.stevemarselstudio.com/blog
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    http://www.stevemarselstudio.com/blog/2011/05/26/cinemagraphs-bring-life-to-photos-on-the-web/

    Steve Marsel

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  10. Interesting, but I think a few idea is amazing and a few else dont't good for me.

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  11. Look! We did the same live image
    www.618.com.ua/

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  12. You guys have an ad on EVERY photo? I won't be back.

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  13. Reminds me of the moving image in the Polaroid photo in Blade Runner.

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  14. I have never seen anything like that before.

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  15. This is amazing, the idea is good. Not sure how is the impact to web load time and others

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  16. Wow incredible animation technique.

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