With the ubiquity of smart phones and photo-sharing services, the world has exploded with photographers from all backgrounds who are embracing new technology to tell their stories in innovative ways. In recognition of the exciting potential of this new technology, we collaborated with Google+ to create the Motion Photography Prize, inviting photographers all over the world to celebrate this new creative art form!
Here are the Saatchi Gallery & Google+ Motion Photography Prize Finalists:
Lifestyle Category – Kostas Agiannitis
Kostas Agiannitis is a cinematographer based in Rhodes, Greece.
Studying at Stavrakou Cinematography school, Agiannitis focused on photography and film making through the production of corporate presentations and documentaries. His work consists of collaborations with major television channels, production companies and private schools, and in 2010 he received distinction on his documentary “Xemeina.”
As a director he is “chasing the light” in the frame, the depth of field, the form and geometry, and the narrative and emotion.
Check out Kostas Agiannitis’ website here.
Night Category – Matthew Clarke
Matthew Clarke is a student at the University of Westminster.
Currently undertaking an undergraduate degree in ‘Contemporary Media Practice’, Matthew is interested in design, animation and visual fx, and during his time at Westminster has realised that he would like to pursue a career in design and animation. Clarke is fascinated with flat design and colour, evident in his more recent work which can be seen on his blog here.
Clarke maintains a fascination with motion photography and animation, and has worked with many different media forms. His university work has based itself around political motivations, especially interested in Surveillance society. The use of cinemagraph editing styles has been paramount to his university project Racial profiling, a film installation that furthers Benjamin Males commentary on racial profiling in surveillance, in the project RTS-2. Matthew aims to continue his experimentation with motion photography and believes that it will have a big impact on his work in the future.
Emma Critchley is an artist living in Brighton.
Emma Critchley has worked as an underwater visual artist for over ten years. In 2011 she graduated with an MA from The Royal College of Art. Through working with a combination of photography, video and installation she explores the human relationship with the underwater environment. Critchley has developed works funded by The Photographers Gallery, The National Media Museum, The Arts Council England, The British Council and the Singapore International Foundation. Her award winning work has been exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at The Australian Centre of Photography, the ICA Singapore, The National Portrait Gallery, The Photographers Gallery and the Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4′s New Sensations.
Check out Emma Critchley’s website here.
Action Category – Micaël Reynaud
Micaël Reynaud is a photographer and videographer based in South of France.
Since 2002 Reynaud has worked as a creative freelancer while maintaining many personal projects involving motion, photography, drawing, and music.
Starting mainly as Flash web designer he worked with many web agencies and clients in a broad range of interactive projects. When Flash disappeared with the rise of mobile computing, Reynaud started over with HTML5 at a time when increasing internet speed allowed smooth HD videos and surprisingly, a rebirth of good old animated GIFs.
For his motions Reynaud has garnered millions of views, been awarded on Vimeo, and been featured in animated-short festivals – one in particular with Fest Anča turned into a memory-filled Eastern European roadtrip. Every day Reynaud’s work teaches him new ways to have serious fun.
Check out Micaël Reynaud’s website here.
Landscape Category - Stefanie Schneider
Stefanie Schneider lives and works in the High Desert of California and Berlin
Stefanie Schneider’s scintillating situations take place in the American West. Situated on the verge of an elusive super-reality, her photographic sequences provide the ambience for loosely woven story lines and a cast of phantasmic characters.
Like flickering sequences of old road movies Schneider’s images seem to evaporate before conclusions can be made – their ephemeral reality manifesting in subtle gestures and mysterious motives. Schneider’s images refuse to succumb to reality, they keep alive the confusions of dream, desire, fact, and fiction.
Schneider’s Motion Photograph is a part of a larger project, “Strange Love” (2004). The artist says about the piece: “Love, lost and unrequited leaves its mark in our lives as a senseless pain that has no place in the present. The ex lover experiences the residues of love as an amputee experiences the sensation of a ghost limb. It is the tangible experience of “absence” that has inspired this piece. Due to the steady change of perspectives – realities, illusions, dreams on different time lines, the question of truth is impossible to answer. Reality is profoundly subjective and the search for personal happiness is a steady (manic) interpretation of one’s own truth.”
Stefanie Schneider received her MFA in Communication Design at the Folkwang Schule Essen, Germany.
Check out Stefanie Schneider’s website here.
Urban Category – Christina Rinaldi
Christina Rinaldi is a Brooklyn based creative director and nail artist.
Originally trained as a graphic designer, the principals of design are frequently visible in Rinaldi’s work though not always intended. Her work consists of both digital and analog mediums, most often reflections of life in New York City. Blind curiosity is the motivation behind Christina’s expansive list of creative mediums.
Rinaldi says of her Motion Photograph: “The intention has always been to document a moment. In this moment, I was inspired by his brush strokes and the texture of the suds. I watched him as if he were a performance artist; his work temporary and only to be witnessed within a few seconds. I quickly became enamored with his efficient rhythm. Surviving in New York City requires an elevated sense of efficiency and an innate hustle. His rhythm was very important to capture and a still image could not do it justice, and the multiple variables of a GIF — frame rate, reverse playback, delay, crop, etc — allow me to emphasize the efficiency and urgency of his work. But ultimately, it’s the immediate repetition of a GIF that continues to mesmerize me. I love to get lost in the trance of a continuous loop.”
Check out Christina Rinaldi’s website here.