Mysterious “Plain Sight” video artfully hides still photos inside moving images


posted Monday, September 16, 2013 at 2:42 PM EDT


"Plain Sight" is an intriguing, brief video that takes relatively mundane flyover footage, and transforms it into a fun (and slightly bizarre) game of hiding still images in the video. Created by Theo Tagholm, the still photos pop in and out of their correct place in the video as you watch the footage. The experience is mysterious and delightfully disorienting.

Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be any info about how this strange video art piece was assembled. If we had to hazard a guess, it would be that individual portions of certain frames were captured, then mapped to a 3D object inserted into the footage, giving the illusion of still photo slices in the video. That would also account for how if you pause the video at just the right second, they're exactly in the perfect location.

Tagholm describes the video as "Hiding in plain sight, the photograph skims across the skin of reality." It's not a particularly enlightening description, but it's as good as other way of explaining the bizarre and wonderful way the images intersect and move away from the footage.

(via Gizmodo)