Oceans are often referred to as the heart of our planet. Like a heartbeat, the powerful pulse of ocean waves loop continuously in a cycle of swells, surges, crests, and breaks. Cinematographer Armand Dijcks captured these majestic movements in his recent collaboration with award-winning photographer Ray Collins, whose still images of textural seascapes have been transformed into a series of hypnotic cinemagraphs titled Elemental.
The illusion of movement is created by painstakingly overlaying the original images, one frame over the next, and playing them as a continuous slow-motion animation. Dijcks describes his work as “a hybrid between photo and video – an infinite loop that makes a single moment last forever.” The mesmerizing moving images detail the ocean’s myriad of colors and textures, as well as its immense power.
Blue waves roll like heated glass and tiny droplets bounce and dance across the surface. In one cinemagraph, a breaking wave looks like thick, black oil crashing and merging into a cotton-candy-like froth. In another, up-close imagery of the sun hitting the ocean’s surface appears like a shimmering golden piece of fabric.