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Eadward James Muybridge - leapfrog sequence

By Pete      
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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Pete Plus
15 18.8k 96 England
24 Aug 2010 12:24PM
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 6 221 88
24 Aug 2010 12:32PM
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 ...
ade_mcfade 12 15.2k 216 England
24 Aug 2010 12:37PM
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.
clicknimagine 6 221 88
24 Aug 2010 12:51PM
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...
User_Removed 9 2.2k 3 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2010 1:09PM
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.
conrad 12 10.9k 116
24 Aug 2010 1:43PM
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.
frz67 6 10 32 Italy
24 Aug 2010 2:06PM
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
cats_123 Plus
12 4.5k 26 Northern Ireland
24 Aug 2010 2:46PM
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
frz67 6 10 32 Italy
24 Aug 2010 3:37PM

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
randomrubble 11 3.0k 12 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2010 1:53PM
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!
JackAllTog Plus
7 4.4k 58 United Kingdom
18 Oct 2010 12:23PM
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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