Jamie Beck: Cinemagraphs

Posted by Alex

This is my favorite thing on the internet right now. These terrific animated GIFs were created by Jamie Beck, a NYC based photographer. The allure is simple: rather than overtly drawing your attention to obvious movement, these animations are very subtle and controlled.

*Tasteful* I think is right word to describe them. It’s what sets them apart from all the other nonsense GIF animations. The subtlety creates a kind of serenity almost — sort of a halfway point between film and real life. Definitely makes you do a double take the first time you see it.

Prediction: I know animated GIFs are as old as time, but I think soon this subtle spin on the technique will be absolutely everywhere. Enjoy it now.

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Treb says:

June 17, 2011 at 5:53 pm

A classy illustration of what sets digital mediums apart from the rest. I still feel we haven’t seen the full potential of the web but this seems to be a beautiful example of where we could be heading..


Joseph says:

June 18, 2011 at 11:05 pm

These are dumb. I can’t look at them without also seeing 8-bit poptart cats flying through the sky. The vulgar GIF connotation is ever prevalent.


NAVIS says:

June 20, 2011 at 4:51 pm

I dig these a lot but I’m not sure how this is the future of photography. Unless the art of printing completely dies and everyone owns an iPad, then perhaps. Or if some technology is invented that replaces paper and allows for animation.

To me it’s not a photograph anymore. It’s a film loop. Or whatever you want to call it. Although the name cinemagraph suits the art perfectly.

Cool stuff.


Adam says:

June 21, 2011 at 8:08 pm

There’s going to be an extremely fine line between beauty and Limburger with this technique. The first three are sheer beauty, while the one of the woman is borderline cheesy (and a little creepy thrown in for good measure).

Good find!


Martin says:

July 14, 2011 at 7:07 am

I am wondering if these masks are exported frames from (hd) video footage or achieved by single photo exposures.. real video, isn´t it?