Living portraits: a must-see moving fashion shoot

It’s a little unnerving – albeit in the best possible way – when you’re looking at a photo of a model on your screen and she suddenly turns her head to look right at you.

Mike Lewis’ series of animated cinemagraphs incorporates movement where usually an image would be still: hair blows in an invisible breeze, skirt hems billow, in shot one the model walks out of the frame all together, before walking back to her original position in what carries on to be an infinite loop.

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She Moves in Mysterious Ways by Mike Lewis
She Moves in Mysterious Ways by Mike Lewis
She Moves in Mysterious Ways by Mike Lewis
She Moves in Mysterious Ways by Mike Lewis
She Moves in Mysterious Ways by Mike Lewis
She Moves in Mysterious Ways by Mike Lewis
She Moves in Mysterious Ways by Mike Lewis
She Moves in Mysterious Ways by Mike Lewis
She Moves in Mysterious Ways by Mike Lewis

If you’ve ever wished the living paintings of fantasy books (yes, Harry Potter included) could be a reality, perhaps this is the closest thing. It’s not that we can’t see video in an infinite variety of ways, but that the merging of still image with just a stirring of movement makes for something far more mind-bending and surreal.

It should be noted, of course, that even sans cinemagraphics, Lewis’ shoot is well worth a look. The edgy, all-black styling by Joanna Plisko harnesses a mood of romantic gothicism crossed with ancient armourial toughness. With the soft bobbed hair and dark hued lips by Alison Sharp rounding out the looks, she moves in mysterious ways indeed.

View the full shoot by Mike Lewis (mikelewisphotographer.com) at the gallery. Be sure to let each image load fully in order to see the cinemagraphics at work.

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