It doesn’t matter whether one assigns Julien Douvier’s “cinemagraphs” (“Cinemagramm” in German) to animated pictures or simplified clips. His captures are fascinating and beautiful to watch either way. The gif file format has been developed in the eighties but there is no other photographer crossing my mind who makes use of the format in such a smart way like Douvier. These pictures seem entirely different than videos due to the very small area that is moving and the constant repetition of the motion sequence. It’s like a short motion sequence brought to perfection. Who’d have thought that motion of any kind could be that aesthetic and captivating? 🙂
If you can’t get enough of Douvier’s cinemagraphs, you should visit his tumblr.