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Membership Update: Colossal is Now Ad-Free for Members

March 3, 2020

Grace Ebert

“A Moment of Self Reflection” by Romain Laurent In the four months since we launched our membership program, hundreds have joined Colossal’s global community of readers who are passionate about visual culture and independent publishing. Since November, we’ve offered our members insight into the creative lives of some of the most interesting voices in contemporary arts, like Susanna Bauer, Brooke DiDonato, and Rob Woodcox. We’re on track to meet our goal of 1,000 members by the end of 2020, which is also our 10th year publishing. Because of this support, we’re able to offer a new perk: Colossal Members will…

 

 



Art

Everyday People Animated into Bizarre GIFs by Romain Laurent

March 30, 2019

Andrew LaSane

French director and photographer Romain Laurent (previously) turns imagery from expressly planned still and video shoots into animated GIFs where only an isolated section is in motion. Focusing primarily on human subjects and the spaces around them, the looped compositions turn everyday scenes into surreal animations that you can’t help but to watch over and over. In one, a silhouetted subject has fiery sparklers for eyes, and in another, a rain-jacketed pedestrian’s face loops in the frame of his hood. Separate from his commercial work, Laurent tells Colossal that his once weekly project has become more selective over the past…

 

 



Animation Art Photography

New Animated Portraits by Romain Laurent Explore Quirky Isolated Movements

November 24, 2015

Kate Sierzputowski

French photographer and director Romain Laurent (previously here and here) started making portrait-based GIFs as a way to produce work outside his commercial jobs, a spontaneous project that would encourage him to produce consistently for himself rather than clients. Each GIF is simple in its concept—a snap of the finger, a twist of the hand—yet is elegant in its composition of muted colors and subjects often centered squarely in the frame. Although GIFs often incorporate the whole subject, Laurent’s work highlights one or two specific movements, isolating gestures rather than animating the whole image. Laurent studied product design at the…

 

 



Photography

New Absurd Animated Portraits by Romain Laurent

May 2, 2014

Christopher Jobson

Photographer Romain Laurent (previously here and here) continues to create a new looping animated portrait each week. The photographer began the project as a way to break free from the pressure of commercial work, and we’re glad to see the project is still ongoing. These are some of the best portraits since the new year, but you can see lots more on his Tumblr….

 

 



Art Photography

Absurd Animated Portraits by Romain Laurent

January 9, 2014

Christopher Jobson

As a way to temporarily break free from a routine of personal and commercial projects, photographer Romain Laurent (previously) challenged himself to create a looped animated portrait each week since last September. He says the bizarre and often laugh-out-loud experiments are a low-pressure way to experiment and be creative without expectations. “As far as the intention of the series, it’s a way for me to explore a hybrid medium, experiment and being spontaneous while still sticking to a short weekly deadline. There isn’t a common concept between each loop, I just ‘go with the flow’ and see what comes to…