These are cinemagraphs, a class of animated GIFs that occupy a sweet spot between a photograph and a motion picture, where only one element of the frame is moving, playing in an endless, hypnotic loop.
Often, the best of them are visually enigmatic. At a glance, they appear to be still. It’s only when you look at one with a concentrated gaze that you see a flicker of movement. Each captures a fleeting moment.
Were they replicable on canvas or paper, they’d be akin to the sentient “portraits” of the wizards and warlocks from the “Harry Potter” world, which hung in the hallways of Hogwarts, guarding passages.
“Seeing New York Through My Giorgio Armani Lenses,” is a another set by Kevin Burg and Jamie Beck, dedicated to New York City.