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Eadward James Muybridge - leapfrog sequence

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This week's classic photo is by a pioneer of moving images, Eadweard James Muybridge. He used to record a serious of movements and place them side by side so the viewer could see the anatomy of movement. This sequence appears in the book 50 Photographers You Should Know published by Prestel.

Worthy of its classic status? Let's hear what you think.

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Title:Eadward James Muybridge - leapfrog sequence
Username:Pete Pete
Uploaded:24 Aug 2010 - 12:21 PM

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Pete
Pete Site Moderator 1218416 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2010 - 12:24 PM

I find his images fascinating to look through. I remember getting a book out of the library many years ago and enjoying the sequences, some of horses are incredible. The interesting point is his human studies were usually naked, and in this case children. Would that be acceptable in today's society? Probably not.

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clicknimagine
24 Aug 2010 - 12:32 PM

To me it is acceptable, these were a classic invention which can not be compared to the modern society, he was the pioneer of the motion picture, a link...

Last Modified By clicknimagine at 24 Aug 2010 - 12:33 PM

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ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade  1014554 forum posts England216 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2010 - 12:37 PM

this reminds me of a show richard hammond presented where they has a super high speed camera and recorded an explosion - you could actually see the blast wave as it circled out like a hemisphere.

what I mean is that techcnology allowed us to see what a blast shock wave looks like, for the first tim, in the same way that we can see how leapfrog works, or more famously, the running horses.

it's more of an experiment than an artistic pursuit - but the result is something everyone can appreciate because its something we see in every day life - things running and jumping.

As for the naked kids... not a chance today, but to be honest, when I look at the shot, I'm looking at the implied action from shot to shot, not the fact that the subjects are naked (which I assume was to show how the muscles work) or are kids.

Just shows what a sick age we live in today where everyone assumes the worst about everyone else. I was at Gordale scar the other day and there were kids in the stream playing, just in trunks, why did I feel I had to put the lens cap on and not look anywhere near them ??

So the shot is from that age of discovery through technology, but also shows how we've changed as a culture too.

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clicknimagine
24 Aug 2010 - 12:51 PM

it's more of an experiment than an artistic pursuit



i do not agree with this point, because both are interrelated you can not separate them...

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User_Removed
24 Aug 2010 - 1:09 PM

For me this is a good example of how the camera is merely a tool for the imagination and is subordinate to it. With these images it's a combination of being able to visualise both the end result and the means through which it is achieved. If it ain't science then its art.

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conrad
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24 Aug 2010 - 1:43 PM

My first thought when I saw it was: Excellent study of the human body in motion. And now that I've thought about it some more, that's still what it means to me.

Naked? Yes. Children? Yes. So what? Why does society nowadays always have to associate that with perverts?


Quote: Just shows what a sick age we live in today where everyone assumes the worst about everyone else.

Couldn't agree more, it's gone way over the top, the way we think the worst of everything and everyone.


Quote: I was at Gordale scar the other day and there were kids in the stream playing, just in trunks, why did I feel I had to put the lens cap on and not look anywhere near them ??

Now that's just sad, it shouldn't be that way.

Last Modified By conrad at 24 Aug 2010 - 1:44 PM

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frz67
frz67 e2 Member 4frz67 vcard Italy32 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2010 - 2:06 PM

Quite agree with Chris.
Any age has its own technology, the critical issue is how we use it.
Here I can see the originality of the idea. And it is just the idea that is original. Why use a camera and not take a movie, if the purpose was to study muscles?
here I see a deep study in both the preparation of the picture and the "post production" choice of which pictures put togheter.

As per the nudity: it seems that the ancient greek vision of the beauty of the body was still intact, at that time.
Nowadays is no longer so, and it is a shame!

well this was my first comment in this group, hope everything I've said make sense to anyone
francesco

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 103956 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2010 - 2:46 PM

fascinating insight into how the technology developed...thanks for the link..reminds me of those flipbooks Smile

today it will be bodies covered in lycra..what does tomorrow bring...skin suits? Wink

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frz67
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24 Aug 2010 - 3:37 PM


Quote: Why use a camera and not take a movie, if the purpose was to study muscles?
francesco

ooops, I thought he came after Lumiere brothers.
next time I'll check better.

francesco

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randomrubble
21 Sep 2010 - 1:53 PM

Brian Sewell recently reviewed, in the Evening Standard, an exhibition of Muybridge's work and was quite scathing about it's claim as art. I tend to agree with him but it was a technical Tour de Force of it's time... So pretty much in line with the consensus, I think!

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18 Oct 2010 - 12:23 PM

Not great for today, Probally of more interest for art students more than most as a study of the naked form and limb positione etc. From a perhaps more tech POV, the 9 images above is short of the 10th one from the set below. the presentation of the top set is skewed and i can't see why unless the 10th has fallen off a pin board.
Probally very clever for is time at about 5fps and synched accross 2 cameras, with one panning along with the action (or cropped afterwards), Good for an art/science book due to the markers on the bottom of the lower individual frames, no engagement with the viewer.

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