Vintage Photos Enter Spooky Afterlife as Animated .Gifs

When Photoshop wizard Kevin Weir spots a somber, 19th-century Russian man in the Library of Congress’ Flickr archive, he sees more than a black-and-white photograph: He imagines a pagan who sprouts an outraged, bestial head when nobody’s looking, then resumes his pose as a solid citizen.

That’s just one vivid vision Weir has turned into an animated .gif, part of his ongoing series of vintage images transformed into absurdist portraits for the internet age.

“I just stare at the picture for a while and things start coming to me that I want to bring to life,” he told Wired in a phone interview.

By adding a dash of dark secrets ripped from his imagination, Weir has turned animated .gifs — those blinking relics of early web imagery — into freakish, alt-history fantasies that call to mind Monty Python animations and H.P. Lovecraft’s creatures.

photo: Mother Jones

very cool story and slideshow from Wired.com here

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