Afternoon folks Cinemagraphs ~ Love, Loathe, or Undecided? (Wedding Talk )

I have a bit of a 'Saturday Secret' to share with you today, a website that selfishly, I'd like to keep just for myself. But, it's contents are just too wonderful and inspirational.

Some of you might well be aware of the concept of Cinemagraphs aready, but for those who don't know, a cinemagraph is 'an image that contains within itself a living moment that allows a glimpse of time to be experienced and preserved endlessly' – that is, according to the pioneers of this ever-so-clever way of sharing 'that' moment {moments?} in time via photographic imagery, Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg

Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Cinemagraph © 2011 Jamie Beck & Kevin Burg

Cinemagraphs ~ Love, Loathe, or Undecided? (Wedding Talk )

 Isn't that image above just extraordinary?  I can't stop staring at it.

It was through New York Photographer Jamie Beck's truly wonderful 'From Me To You' blog that I first discovered the concept of Cinemagraphs some months ago. And I admit when I did, I was decidedly freaked out by some of the images {those blinking, slightly shifty looking eyes, just seemed a bit too weird at the time}.

However I'm finding myself drawn more and more to this concept of imagery and now I absolutely adore it and cannot get enough…  

Cinemagraphs ~ Love, Loathe, or Undecided? (Wedding Talk )

But what has this got to do with weddings, you might ask?

Well, as a blogger who features an awful lot of photographs on her blog, I am always looking for the next thing.  As a Wedding Blogger, in a few years time, will I find myself featuring more Cinemagraphs like these ones?  Is this the future of images on the web? An image that captures not just one moment in time, but several precious seconds – an image that feeds our imagination just that little bit more?

These images aren't my secret by the way, my secret was the blog that belongs to the wonderful Photographer that is Jamie Beck. I have lost many an hour on that blog over the past 12 months taking and being influenced by the author's personal sense of style – that's her below. Somet things you wish you could keep all to yourself…

Cinemagraphs ~ Love, Loathe, or Undecided? (Wedding Talk )

Isn't that lovely?

Some more beautiful imagery from the Cinemagraphs website

Cinemagraphs ~ Love, Loathe, or Undecided? (Wedding Talk )

Cinemagraphs ~ Love, Loathe, or Undecided? (Wedding Talk )

Cinemagraphs ~ Love, Loathe, or Undecided? (Wedding Talk )

You can see many more Cinemagraphs documenting New York Life, New York Fashion Week, Food and other subjects over at the Cinemagraphs website.

I'd love to hear your thoughts?

Love or loathe?

Wedding Photographers – what do you think?

Are you intrigued by these images, would you like to see them become more common place throughout the blogosphere?

Be sure to pop on over to my little secret, the From Me To You blog too Cinemagraphs ~ Love, Loathe, or Undecided? (Wedding Talk )

Much love all,

Annabel xXx

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Annabel is the founder of Love My Dress. She lives in rural North Yorkshire with her husband and business partner Philip, two daughters Eska and Leanora and three dogs. If she's not being a Blog Queen or practicing her photography, you'll find her fighting her way through a renovation dust cloud as she and her family transform their forever-home.

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38 thoughts on Cinemagraphs ~ Love, Loathe, or Undecided?

  1. Seen many of these and can’t get enough of them. I really hope it does become the norm for capturing favourite photos. Such a special way to remember a moment in time. Look forward to seeing many more appearing on your blog over the next few years! Xx

  2. I spotted these recently, and have been experimenting with them already. I think they’re lovely, perhaps something perfect for a small digital desk frame? Wonder too if they could work as screen savers for mobile phones, laptops, etc, in which case it could look gorgeous as a post-engagement shoot extra! Lots of potential!

  3. Ooooh really undecided on this! I am more inclined to go towards not liking them though… I think that the photographs are beautiful enough by themselves without adding this, it is fascinating to see one, but I think I’d still prefer either a beautiful photograph or a beautiful video to remember a moment by, especially as everyone takes something different from a photograph – especially ones that are really personal and emotional (like a wedding photo) I feel that would be totally lost if the photo was moving around! But very clever idea and lots of fun to look at, but would only work as more of a fun thing on candid type photos.

  4. I can see why you found them a little freaky to start with, the world of Harry Potter seems to crossed over to our own.
    They are amazing but think I will have to see a few more to decide whether or not I can get over the freakiness.

  5. I’m in the yes I am utterly captivated and mesmerised by them Annabel!! WOW!!
    I have never seen anything like that at all – I really really like it! xx

  6. Thanks all! I think the general consensus is ‘Love’ as I’ve said before though, the blinking ones do kiiiinda freak me out a bit! I haven’t included them here but you can see some blinking ladies over at the Cinemagraph website – link in the feature above ;)
    Thanks for your comments ladies ;)

  7. I’d love one of these done with my wedding shoes as you just can’t capture their sparkle in a normal picture.

  8. How can anyone not love them! I’ve followed Jamie’s blog for a while now. She captures my city in such a beautiful way! Not only that she is extremely talented while maintaining such a beautiful style. Her spread in USA’s Lucky magazine is GORGEOUS. I ran out to Topshop to try and find the dress she was wearing in it. Not out on shelves yet…..

  9. Love her work, I’ve been a fan of the blog for some time, it’s good to see photography moving forward and creating something new. I’m sure we’ll see more like this in the future. Happy weekend :)

  10. This is so… WOW! It’s just one of those things that leaves you mesmerised…I can’t stop looking at them. That’s why I love the digital world so much. The things it allows you do are just so incredible… I’m definitely loving Cinemagraphs and I can’t wait to see more of it. Thank you so much for sharing this!

  11. A love them.. there’s something very special about them…
    I’ve been playing around with video and stills together in a movie and it works well, but this is something very special

  12. It does look very Harry Potter like! I’m in the undecided camp the shot with the fabric moving is stunning and the shadows on the umbrella are so clever, I’m just not sure about how it will look with wedding portraiture

  13. I agree with Lorraine, very Harry Potter! I’m inclined not to like them, but then that’s because I love photography and the still photograph. I’m also trying to work out how you would display something like this. Definitely interesting and something new but I’m still undecided at the moment.

  14. I like them, but I hope that they don’t become ubiquitous. I love the fact that these are subtle – I just worry that some clever person will come up with a way of animating these and then it turns into one of those dreadful apps that I see people using on facebook. But, I am in the like camp!

  15. Take a bit of getting used to but I really like them.
    I think used subtly the odd one, so that it’s not all them, would work really well on wedding blogs and the like.

  16. Thanks for the feedback everyone! I still despite the dislike, there is still a lot of love for these clever little graphics! :)
    I’d LOVE to see them making odd appearances across wedding blog land from here on {hints!} ;)

  17. I’ve been following From me To You for a while now, and I’m absolutely mesmerized by cinemagraphs. There’s something amazingly hypnotizing in them.
    However I have to say that’s because of Jamie and Kevin’s style. Very easily gifs like that could be just tacky

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