The devil is in the details

One of the things I love about cinemagraphs is the way they emphasize how powerful the perfect small detail can be. The subtle repetitive motions in the above images imbue them with a sense of horror that is certainly absent from the still photographs.  I would argue that they’re even more powerful than the fleeting moments in their respective movies.  By pausing on these moments, these bare fractions of a second, and contemplating those small movements, the unsettling qualities are distilled, made potent and persistent.  The camera doesn’t save us by cutting away, and even when we move on the image is burned in our minds, along with the knowledge that the movements are going on, and on, and on.

(The above cinemagraphs are by Gustaf Mantel.  You can find more of his work HERE.)

Visual Writing Prompt

Visual Writing Prompt

I’m going to be posting an image a day. You can use it as a writing prompt (I personally really like using images as writing prompts, since they’re so evocative and different people notice different things) or you can just enjoy the amazing variety of images available on the net.

This image is a cinemagraph (an image where one specific thing is animated while the rest of the photo is still…I love them) . It was posted by Limpouras8 on Reddit (click the image to go to their Reddit page).