Digital: M1 Photomerge Animation

by Beauchamp Art


M1 Photomerge Animation

This GIF animation formed the basis for the M1 film. The use the images from an earlier selection of photos of the aforementioned road, here they have been stitched together using an automatic photo-merging program, that came with the camera.
The particular image blending mode I selected was designed to produce a 360o panoramic stitched images, using photos taken from a fixed view point, rotating on a stationary pivot axis, or revolving around a fixed subject (in other words, in or outside of a coil of images). However here, I selected a number of images of a related subject matter that were part of the same photo series, but the images were not consistent, although they all featured a heavily pixelate aesthetic due to being re-photographed twofold.
To create the animation, I loaded the image into Photoshop, and repeatedly moved strips of the image from the left to the right of the image, forming a loop, so that when it was played back it would appear to be moving left. Creating a dynamic animation from reprocessed images of a road and traffic.


M1 Photomerge Animation [High Resolution]

This worked well as a self contained GIF, and could be easily embedded on various websites. However, as the source images were so large, I had to create a compressed; scaled-down version of the file for distribution purposes. The animation is quite aesthetically pleasing, as the moiré effect causes it to ripple as it ‘moves’, and the flow of images appears to bounce up and down (as the merging process does not guarantee linear imagery, as it searches for continuities between the images, if those continuities do not exist, it splices them as best it can, often very poorly, therefore producing the most interesting results), as one of my peers noted, it resembled a the segmented body of a caterpillar, rapidly scurrying along a treadmill.
Watching the GIF loop for long periods of time is quick a peculiar experience, as it is somewhat mesmerising, due to the repetition and shimmering of it, but at the same time is incredibly irritating, as there is no conclusion to the piece; the resolve comes when the image is closed, or the website that the image is embed on is shut down or scrolled past.
(It also stimulated some sense of motion-sickness after observing it for too long, as it sat in the background of the computer, worming its way to nowhere, creating a dissonance between the visual field and the inner-ear’s sense of movement. Though I may have been more susceptible to this as I do not often travel in moving vehicles, and had spent the majority of the day sat still starring at a computer screen, so my sense of embodiment in the virtual environment and the perceptual disconnect may have been heightened.)