For The Remix: “A Gif-t For You”

Title: “A Gif-t For You” By Lee Hassall


This is a piece about progression, about the potential of what we can do today with an image. But unfortunately this progression is restricted by the previously thought ideas and conventions of what a photograph is and can be.

I wanted to create something that was reminiscent of a photograph during the development process in the darkroom. There is a moment of ambiguity, when the details of the image begin to emerge from the paper floating in the developer. During this period we struggle to make sense of what we can see. I feel this is an appropriate analogy for todays current state, we are in a period of ambiguity, where technology gives us the potential to do so much and we’re desperately trying to grasp hold of some clarity.


This is an appropriated gif animation, created from one of Jonathan Worths portraits of Cory Doctorow. The original photograph can be found on the for the remix website.

This gif animation has been made up of 95 individual frames. As you can see from the animation I have split the portrait into sections, each section exists as a different layer within photoshop. I gradually increased and decreased the opacity of each frame individually to create this flickering in and out effect.
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2 thoughts on “For The Remix: “A Gif-t For You”

  1. This is brilliant and captures that bit of excitement when the image begins to materialize, and just as soon as we think we have a clear image, it goes away. As an animated GIF this works very fluidly and lacks the usual stuttering jerkiness of most GIFs.

    It also plays like you said about just what a digital image might be. Like a GIF can straddle a photo and a video, this (to me) straddles in its presence what an analog and digital image might be

    • Hello,

      Thank you for the feedback. I’m happy you said it lacks the usual jerkiness of what you’d expect from a gif. This is something I tried to avoid as I prefer when it flows more smoothly.

      Unfortunately to get that effect I had to make lots of frames, meaning I couldn’t really save the file any larger than this. I don’t think it’s to much of an issue, just would have been nice to be larger.

      Again thanks for the comment, glad you liked it.

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