Artist Transforms Vintage Black And White Images Into Absurd GIFs
Kevin Weir, the art director at Droga5 in NYC, is known for using historical black and white photographs to make quirky and haunting GIFs. To create a GIF, Weir taps into the Library of Congress’ online archive to pick out images with “unknowable places and persons.” Featuring royalty and war heroes, among other historical sceneries, Weir’s animations prove to be obscure.
Although his work may seem disturbing to some, it holds a peculiar humor and special artistry. Dream-like and ephemeral in nature, Weir has an excellent eye for curation, which lends to his imagination.
Take a look at Weir’s absurd and surreal imagination at work.
“To me you are now nothing, but words on a piece of paper. You were once like the moon that glowed with the stars, but now you have been reduced down to nothing but a few words. You are just nothing but a thought. You were just like the rest and that kind of broke my heart.”