Sometimes you have to make things because they scare you. From the linked video which offers just an endless rainbow of animated gif possibilities.
It’s been a long time, almost exactly a year, since I did any stranger portraits. It remains a difficult thing for me to do which is a large part of why I do it. Additionally, driving into work this morning I saw the scene below. The park is a place where many homeless people seem to gather/sleep/live. I went back to check on the man but by the time I was able to park and walk back police and ambulance personnel were on the scene. It’s the kind of thing that makes me wonder about my own perceptions of my environment. If it weren’t for the bike would I have gone back to check? It seemed to add an element of action interrupted rather than someone passing out or sleeping in the open. Lots of questions about internal and external elements.
It’s not a movie but all the musical gifs got me thinking and I could not resist revisiting Flava Flav. While only his eyes are moving this seems to capture the manic energy I always loved about Flava Flavpre Flava of Love that is. This selection is from 911 is a Joke which remains one of my favorite rap songs. I trimmed down the clip in Quicktime (Edit>trim to selection) and then used GIFBuilder Carbon to export it to GIF. For those of you not playing along with ds106, the course doesn’t actually start until January 10th or something like that so wander over and sign up.
After seeing Alan’s post . . . This is a response to the Tate’s call for their 1840s GIF party — they have made images available from selected pieces of art from their 1840s room and inviting anyone to remix as a GIF. That is such a good idea I made it into a ds106 assignment. It is interesting to see how museums and libraries are using social media in fairly different ways. I’d been impressed with Iowa’s Special Collections Tumblr and this idea by the Tate is certainly something you wouldn’t expect from a museum. In any case, I gave the gif thing a shot (subtle and not so subtle versions). My wife had The Lady of Shalott poster for a number of years so I’d seen it many times but in the gif reshaping I saw all sorts of interesting things in the painting that I’d never noticed. I’d missed the swallowsI didn’t know what they were but guessed mockingbirds originally., the chain in her hand, and the crucifix in the prow. That led to some light research and, as always, some new knowledge.