- States of Being -
GIF Animations
--- over 160 animated photographs ---
driving, dancing, landscapes, walking, self portraits
by Rick Doble
These digital photographs were taken with a
Sony FD73 and Sony CD100 and a Casio QV-770 digital camera

These are not mini-movies but repeating animations
that contain the stuff of life.


thumbnail cover, Experimental Digital Photography book by Rick DobleNEW BOOK!
Experimental Digital Photography by Rick Doble
A complete illustrated how-to guide (Sterling Publishing)

See Rick Doble's two other books by major publishers on digital photography
Career Building Through Digital Photography for high school students
Everything Digital Photography a general introduction


Portrait of the artist, ages 5, 16, 23, 50
Portrait of the artist
ages 5, 16, 23, 50.
GIF animations were generally created from digital photographs
taken with a Casio QV-100 or QV-770 camera,
then "sandwiched" into an animated sequence
with Ulead Gif Animator.


NOTE: Animations are big and take a while to load. Here is a rough rule of thumb:
14.4 modem: 100k takes 60 seconds
28.8 modem: 100k takes 30 seconds
56.6 modem: 100k takes 15 seconds


To read comments, reviews and notes
about these animations, click here.





-- NEW ANIMATIONS--
Music and musicians, along with audiences screaming and yelling
plus a few self portraits from frames of slow movement

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-- The 4 Elements --
according to the Greeks
the world was made from these

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-- Having Fun with the Television --
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-- Self Portraits --
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-- Driving --
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-- Festivals from New Years through Christmas --
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-- Summer Images --
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NOTES ABOUT THIS WORK
-- Technical and otherwise --

My Animations from Digital Photographs.
My small animations are NOT " mini-movies " but an art form that is quite different. Because they loop and repeat, because the timing is often different from frame to frame, and because pictures may have been taken at different intervals (not regular short intervals like film or video), they are more like music or a pulsing living being. They build and break down barriers often expanding to new heights, like the QR readers of the digital photography world.

Animate means " having life " according to the dictionary. Unlike still photography which deals in two dimensions (x and y axis), these photographic animations deal in four dimensions (x, y, z axis plus time). Little animations may achieve what the cubist and futurist painters at the beginning of the century were trying to achieve, that is the ability to see the whole object in space and time in one work of art. There are many other mediums that I expect to pursue using four dimensions, from movies to TV screens, QR codes in retail and possibly even the sports world, we are on the cusp of something great. Four dimensions is not just a concept but a reality of physics. For example Einstein adapted the age-old Pythagorean formula for the hypotenuse of a triangle to accommodate time as another component.

To see more images of mine that involve time and space check out my "Painting With Light" exhibit, in which I use very long exposures in still pictures so that I can photograph the space-time object.
Painting With Light Exhibit

The Self Portraits
Painters have been creating self-portraits for years. Some of the most famous paintings ever created were self portraits such as those of Rembrandt and Van Gogh. However, photography (until now) has been unable to accomplish this. The photographer had to be behind the lens to preview the photographic image. In short he or she could not be behind the lens and in front of the lens at the same time. With the Casio QV-100 and Casio QV-770 cameras that I use, the lens can be rotated in just about any direction (270 degrees). I can point the lens at my face or body and frame the picture at the same time.

And BTW these self portraits are not an indication that I am an ego-maniac. I have worked with friends and lovers but found that they often did not have the time or did not like the unflattering way I would take a portrait. So after a number of years I decided that I am the most willing model who will do what he is told, will work for nothing and who is always available even at 4 in the morning. And I never have to worry about whether I can find me.

In all cases I am limited by the length of my arms. This determines the furthest distance I can move the camera away from my body and also the furthest that I can accurately frame and judge the picture in the view finder. Perhaps some day there will be a way to set up a camera using a voice activation system or through your phone in a near field communication kind of way but for now I think my process speaks for itself in quality and effectiveness.

These pictures were NOT manipulated in graphics program. I used the quirks of the light sensitive material (and also the way that digital imagery is stored) to achieve most of the unusual effects. All of the enhancements where achieved in a basic " darkroom " processing program.


Personal Notes
I like to explore extremes of light and exposure. I have found that many photographic processes do something odd at these extremes which are often unusual effects. When my digital camera is underexposed, for example, the texture becomes very grainy and the colors take on extremes of blue, purple and yellow.

Each photographic process also responds to various types of light differently. For example, a digital camera will see neon light differently from traditional film.

Review and Featured Artist
The following is a review of animated images (self portraits) by David Martin-Jones of the Film-Philosphy Journal of London, England
See the full review at:
http://www.film-philosophy.com/vol3-1999/n15martin-jones
These reviewed images were from a feature about these animations at the Enculturation Journal web site:
http://enculturation.gmu.edu
Featured Artist
Feature of Animations


REVIEW:
As an interesting additional piece, the 'Featured Artist' page contains 'Animations' by Rick Doble. A selection of several of his 'small animations', some of which can take a little while to download, but which are well worth the wait. _Enculturation_ is definitely taking advantage of an aspect of the electronic medium that a print journal really cannot compete with.

Doble creates 'photographic animations', a series of photographs, taken at intervals to accommodate the movement within time of the object. These are then placed in a loop, or repeated, but with asynchronous intervals between each shot. The randomness inscribed aims, Doble argues, towards the same goals as those of the futurists, or the cubists: the visualising of the whole of an object in both space and time. It is the perfect example of the way in which technological innovations change the way art is created, and, in this e-journal format, the way in which it can be disseminated and received. A particular favourite was the somewhat vertiginous 'ceiling'. The shadow of the smoke alarm perhaps tracing a visual analogy for time passing, the shadow of a sundial? Whilst 'driving', due to Doble's inclusion of himself within the shot, with its changing backgrounds coexisting with the (illusionary) unchanging position of the artist, is as good an example of Deleuze's theory in _Cinema 2_ as you are likely to find. In essence, Doble's art is akin to having your own 'flick-book' included in your print journal


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