Moving Stills

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I’ve recently begun a series of experiments based on the concept of ‘photographs moving.’ You may well argue that “is that film or video?” Not exactly. Film and video relies on the effect called persistence of vision. That is, if you throw enough still images at a viewer in succession—where one image consistently follows another in content and composition—you’re left with the illusion of motion. So, although a fine distinction, I’m offering the premise that if a still image ‘could’ move, how might it appear? There is an effect one can incorporate within applications like Adobe AfterEffect, Apple Motion, and video editing apps which allow layers, that allows for the illusion of parallax. It’s an illusion with gives the sense that one can see behind and around, otherwise, flat images. Without the laborious details of how that’s done, that’s the technique I’ve incorporated. When you view these shorts pieces, keep in mind that all components began as still images, despite the trickery used to suggest otherwise. So, for the series I’m referring to as ‘Moving Stills,’ I’m limiting myself to 60 seconds or less to show a ‘still’ image moving. You can think of them as moving portraits which ‘sort of’ tell a deeper story or, better yet, challenge you to ask more questions. The first two examples are The Mansion and The Mill Inspector.

 

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