Eadweard Muybridge (1803-1904) made more than 100,000 images between 1883 and 1886 culminating in his 1887 portfolio collection entitled Animal Locomotion: an Electro-Photographic Investigation of Connective Phases of Animal Movements. Animal Locomotion: Plate 169 (Leapfrog) was included in Volume VII, which consisted of both men and women in various types of clothing and costume as well as miscellaneous subjects. While much of Muybridge’s work contributed to the study of biomechanics and athletics, images like Leapfrog were used (and still are!) as key references for artists and animators.
The fine leaping fellas starring in this Muybridge edition are more than just joy-seekers. Animal Locomotion: Plate 169 (Leapfrog) is one of the 100,000+ movement-based images photographer Eadweard Muybridge created between 1883 and 1886. That series culminated in Muybridge’s pioneering 1887 portfolio collection, Animal Locomotion: an Electro-Photographic Investigation of Connective Phases of Animal Movements. While much of Muybridge’s work contributed to the study of biomechanics and athletics, images like Plate 169 (Leapfrog) were (and still are!) used as key references for artists and animators. The sleek edge of the leaper’s hat, its brim subtly distinguished by a lick of light; the two sharp suits and slim pant legs; the walking figure’s tucked, tight form—there’s a lot about this image that feels deliberately clean and considered, bold and striking, beyond purely scientific study. The eerie hovering body in the second and third slides and the ghostly strangeness of the silhouetted limbs against the backdrop in the bottommost scenes are also conspicuously artistic. You might spot stylistic hints of Nouvelle Vague Cinema, 70 years ahead of its time ... Read more on the blog!
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