Thought-Provoking Cinemagraphs of Both City Life and the Natural Outdoors

julien douvier

Is it a picture or a looped video? Well something in between, but it is surely entertaining to look at. Photographer Julien Douvier uses a myriad of methods from his magic bag of techniques to produce these delightful, thought-provoking cinemagraphs of both city life and the natural outdoors. A cinemagraph is a photograph wherein a chosen area is animated to create a specific movement by repeating it in a loop. What Douvier does is take what are already dramatic photographs and animates them to life with understated elements of movement like flowing water, smoke from a chimney or the dancing of branches as they are swept by the blowing wind.

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There seems to be a pervasive theme of melancholy in Douvier’s pictures, which is what lends them even more character. Douvier is 24 years old, and studied graphic design in France together with editorial / print and advertising design. He is currently a freelancer open to projects and other opportunities. It is not difficult to imagine that work should not be a problem for this young man with such fine work.

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He said this of himself in his info page,

“As you can see, I attach a great importance to quality and details in my work. I will never release something I’m not satisfied of, even if I have to spend a lot of extra time on it. The meaning is very important too: I could create a lot of personnal projects, but I don’t want them to be meaningless…”

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Douvier draws inspiration from many things, which he enumerates as “photographs, movies, videos, ads, art in general…” He is primarily a visual artist, which is the core source of inspiration for his work. Music is also very important to him and he cannot imagine a day without listening to something. “Music brings images and stories to my mind and often influences my choices during the making of a project.” Whatever it is that drives him must be an interesting cocktail that brings out some exceptional artistry, as one can see here. It is no doubt a fascinating body of work.

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Patricia Ramos

Patricia Ramos

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I’m talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.