Posted by ws1 on:
I know I haven't been posting lately. But I am gearing up for a few new posts in the next month. Before I do, I wanted to share the first of what will hopefully be a new series of posts (to compliment the normal random stuff I send in and write about).
For those of you who don't know what an animated gif is. A gif is a type of image file (like a jpeg). What's special about gifs is that they can let you include more than one frame (like the image below).
As an artist, I get hyperfocused on a lot of strange things. Lately, I've been interested in abstracting what is familiar to me, like this picture of the sewage/creek water flowing out into the ocean at Hendry's ( aka the Pitt, aka Arroyo Burro). When I was a kid, I used to play in this thing.. Now, there's a sign about 20 feet away warning of sewage contamination.
If you think I'm on drugs, or feel like you are after looking at this image, you can see where I'm taking a bit of inspiration from by visiting this site, which has a lot of wonderfully artful and intriguing animated gifs. What I like about them is that they often focus on just a few limited frames of something, which forces you to think about it a bit more than you might if it was a still image.
I think it'll be fun to play with local imagery in the same way.. hopefully I can do this (barely existent) genre some justice. :)