Must see: These brilliant animated .gif cinemagraphs by Julien Douvier makes the simple moments last forever.

These amazing cinemagraphs were created by French photographer and visual effects artist, Julien Douvier.

What is a cinemagraph you ask? It’s an animated .gif photo where most of the image remains static, while a simple motion or action is seamlessly looped, making the moment last forever. The term was possibly coined by Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg, and refers to the cinematic feeling that these .gifs often evoke. The featured image above isn’t animated due to the way our site works, but you can view the original version below.

Here’s a few examples of Julien’s animated photos – we limited it to five to save your bandwidth, but you can view a lot more on his Behance portfolio and Tumblr. Note: The slight pauses are not visible in the original works.

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Photographs shared under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial licence.