They say a photo is worth a thousand words, but these cinemagraphs can certainly be described and weaved into stories more than several hundreds of ways.
It has only been a couple of years since the word “cinemagraph” had been coined and trademarked by U.S. photographers Kevin Burg and Jamie Beck, but its creative look and enchanting aura have made it a favorite among many.
Perhaps it is the silence that envelopes the whole scene that makes cinemagraphs look more refined and mysterious than your average GIFs. Or maybe it is the stark contrast between the still and moving parts of the image that give them a surreal feel.
Whichever it may be, we believe that these 25 cinemagraphs we found, from independent projects and popular films, will captivate you, make you think, and overwhelm you with emotions. These are the characteristics that make them stand out as a unique form of art.
I am the liquor [The Big Dirty]
Sometimes, you drink to think, to become numb, or to assert yourself.
“There’s somethin’ out there…and it ain’t no man” [Predator 1987]
The fear is real when you realize you are not alone.
Barry Guilers spooky bedroom [Close Encounters of the Third Kind, 1977]
Do you wish to have a close encounter with beings from outside our planet, maybe from beyond the galaxy even?
The boy from Bali
It’s a beautiful sunny day that summons you to the rivers and the seas.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban [OC]
Yes, Harry, that man is looking for you.
I bet it’s a nice day out there
So why would you keep yourself in a room?
The Old Guitarist
Soft music wafts into the air as people continue to walk past.
Feel the cold of the waters as the sun sets in the horizon.
“Ínsula” by Jon Jacobsen
There exists a lot more than what your naked eyes can see.
Relax, like the small ripples the waves of water make.
The Kick [Inception, 2010]
Our brain is highly complex and unbelievably amazing.
Orphans in Cambodia
The huge world outside our home feels even bigger and scarier when there the familiar hands you hold are gone.
So, what are you thinking?
Leap of faith
All you need is a little faith.
Handmade bird bath
A small bundle of joy in your hands.
Ice cream cones
Eat them before they melt.
It’s time for some cozy cuddles in the house.
There’s an irresistible breakfast waiting for you.
Hawaii Garlic Shrimp
Sizzling goodness that is sure to make your mouth water.
A little Galapagos crab [BBC’s 2006 Galapagos Mini-Series]
Everyone has to work hard for their food.
Supercell forming in someone’s backyard
A storm is brewing.
River Mersey boat ride
It feels like time is flowing slower.
A Fallen Star (Destroyer)
Sometimes, they are not the kind you can wish upon.
Waiting for one last wave
Before calling it a day.
Hear my prayer.