Cinemagraphs: A Moment In Time

When you take a photograph you capture a moment in time. Karl Lagerfeld says the beauty about it is that the moment is "gone forever, impossible to reproduce". And he's right. When you've encountered a wonderful moment and you took a picture of it you'll remember that moment forever. 

But sometimes a still frame is not the right representation of a situation. For example when you're capturing movement. That's why Apple invented Live Photos and Instagram stole "Stories" from Snapchat. People resonate with short but accurate moments they encounter in their life. 

A cinemagraph tries to capture the stillness of a photograph and the action of movie. It differs from a usual movie by having a steady fixed part in the image and bring attention to small and moving details like fire, water or hair. The term was created by Kevin Burg and Jamie Beck, the most prominent representative of this technique, whose work you'll find in this article.

Cinemagraphs


Cinemagraph by Kevin Burg & Jamie Beck


Cinemagraph by Kevin Burg & Jamie Beck


Cinemagraph by Kevin Burg & Jamie Beck


Cinemagraph by Kevin Burg & Jamie Beck


Cinemagraph by Kevin Burg & Jamie Beck


Cinemagraph by Shanedoesthis


Cinemagraph by HEBEJesus


Cinemagraph by Black Bird


Cinemagraph by Salwa Saeed


Cinemagraph by Salwa Saeed


Cinemagraph by Kevin Burg & Jamie Beck


Cinemagraph by Unknown


Cinemagraph by Ann Street Studio


Cinemagraph by Ann Street Studio


Cinemagraph by Daria Khoroshavina


Cinemagraph by Julian Douvier


Cinemagraph by Julian Douvier


Cinemagraph by Daniela Lapa


Cinemagraph by Apricot Berlin

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