Top 10 Live Moving Cinemagraph Pictures

March 11, 2012  |  Art

The magic of moving pictures and the Internet have combined to make a wonderful art form that isn’t truly new but then again it is a bit askew from what we have seen in the past. Technically these pictures and images are animated gifs, classier animated gifs. The name for these new and improved, artistic animated gifs is cinemagraphs. Cinemagraphs are still photographs that have a, usually, subtle movement occur on an unending loop. The idea is to give you the impression that you are watching a movie, although extremely short and with a kind of boring story line.

The beauty of these “live pictures” is in the specific nature of the part of the picture that is animated, such as just a leg swaying, a hair blowing, a light flickering and so on, which contrasts delightfully with the quiet stillness of the picture or photo itself.

The term “cinemagraph” was created by Kevin Burg and Jamie Beck, photographers who used the technique to in their fashion photography early in 2011.

Barber Pole Spinning Cinemagraph

Barber Shop Pole Cinemagraph Moving Picture

Water Rushing by While Sailing Cinemagraph

Sailing Ship Cinemagraph Moving Picture

Wind Blowing Grass Cinemagraph

Wind Blowing Grass Cinemagraph Moving Picture

Film Projector Flickering Light Cinemagraph

Film Projector Lighting Cinemagraph Moving Picture

Cab Window Reflection Cinemagraph

Cab Driving by Reflection in Window Cinemagraph Moving Picture

Lazy Leg Swing Cinemagraph

Woman's Leg Swinging Cinemagraph Moving Picture

Hair Blowing in Wind Cinemagraph

Hair Blowing Cinemagraph Moving Picture

Windy City Balcony Cinemagraph

Windy Balcony in City Cinemagraph Moving Picture

Candle Light Dinner Cinemagraph

Candle Light Flickering Cinemagraph Moving Picture

Happy Birthday Candle Flicker Cinemagraph

Blowing Out Candles on Birthday Cinemagraph Moving Picture

Hair Styling Cinemagraph

Hair Spray Styling Cinemagraph Moving Picture

Cinemagraphs may be something new, and who thought the Internet could produce anything new, but whether they stick around or get regulated to ordinary animated gif remains to be seen. For now though these moving pictures are just cool enough to get a page on

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