Catch A Fleeting Moment

Raindrops fall pitter-patter on a nocturnal city.
Raindrops fall pitter-patter on a nocturnal city.
The helical stripes of a barber's pole fall in a cascade.
The helical stripes of a barber’s pole fall in a cascade.
The reflection of a passing cab on a restaurant window.
The reflection of a passing cab on a restaurant window.
Beer being poured from a tap.
Beer being poured from a tap.

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.

Jostling masses at Grand Central.
Jostling masses at Grand Central.
Times Square.
Times Square.
Reading "The New York Times."
Reading “The New York Times.”

h/t: MY MODERN MET and i.GNANT

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