A “Living Photo” is a new art medium that is completely different than posters, paintings and traditional photography. Although “Living Photos” are created with video loops, they differ greatly from Youtube videos or feature films. At first glance, "Living Photos" appear to be traditional framed photography. People are surprised and often delighted, after a few seconds when they realize that what they thought was a photograph, is actually an image in motion.
The idea of “Living Photos” came to me about 20 years ago when I thought of creating photos that moved. Imagine a picture of a window with the curtain blowing lightly in the breeze. I wanted to create these “Living Photos” and hang them on the wall. I thought it was a great idea, but back then I didn’t have the equipment, the know-how or the resources to make it happen.
In 2011 I realized that the technology was finally available that would allow me to make my idea of “Living Photos” a reality. My Nikon DSLR camera had video capabilities and I could purchase relatively inexpensive digital photo frames that would display short video loops. I created mixed media boxes to contain and frame these small digital displays and created my first prototype. It wasn’t long before I found myself completely consumed by this new project and I scrambled to create about 12 pieces for an artist showcase in NYC. It was challenging to say the least! But my excitement about the project outweighed the problems.
Never, in my entire career as an artist, had I ever seen people so excited and enthusiastic about my work! They described the work as “mesmerizing”, “relaxing” “innovative” and “unique”. I have continued to exhibit my "Living Photos" in New York and Connecticut over the years and I am now hoping to display them in health care settings where people can benefit from the soothing effect of watching beautiful scenes of nature in motion.
I announced that I was holding a raffle for one of my Living Photo prototypes, RIVER ANGEL during our last Open Studio Event at Whiting Mills. For a chance to win, I asked people to help build my on-line presence by following and/or liking me on social media.
And thanks to everyone who entered and supported me! There were quite a number of entries and the winner’s name was picked from the “hat” yesterday.
Congratulations to Bob Stern!
Hope you enjoy your new fish!
As you can imagine, the technology has been improving over the last four years and I am now able to display my Living Photos on large format, state-of-the-art high definition digital frames that truly enhance the viewing experience! I am currently preparing a new series of "Living Photos" for the upcoming Norfolk Artists & Friends Art Show that will take place during WEEKEND IN NORFOLK EVENT on August 5th, 6th & 7th. See invitation below.....