After lurking in the shadows of the internet, animated GIFs have done got classy on us and are starring in their very own mini-documentary. The folks at PBS’s Off Book delve into their history and how cinemagraphs are changing the playing field. One thing this video does not do, however, is agree once and for all how to pronounce them.
Like a refined animated GIF, a Cinemagraph is an image in which a small and repeated animation occurs. The Internet has taken a particular liking to these beautiful images—which straddle the line between a still and a video—and here are some of the best. Inspired by their uniqueness, GE took to one of their jet engine facilities to create a series of their own. See them here.
When photographer and Wisconsin native Adam Senatori won GE’s “Be the Next Instagrapher” contest by sharing his breathtaking shot of an Iowan wind farm, GE flew him out to their jet engine facility in Wales, where he created these amazing cinemagraph-style GIFs.