|Is it a photo? Is it a gif? It's both. It's like a moment frozen in time.|
Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg are the artists behind this picture and others like it. I love this technique because in combining motion and still it captures a moment in time, freezing the world around a single person or object which continues to move naturally, unaware of the strange protracted quality of time in the surrounding space. The image communicates that the world is a stage, and most of it is scenery; the actors who tell the story are a small microcosm of the overall whole.
Below are more examples of this style from a Google Image search of "cinemagraph".
Is anyone else reminded of the magazines and newspaper pictures from the Harry Potter movies?