If it is an Animated Photo, by pedigree it is a Plotagraph! Calling Plotagraphs, ‘animated photos’ is a strategy for copycats to flourish”
Until two years back, what caught all our attention in the social media space were Cinemagraphs and Gifs. Then suddenly we got surprised to see high quality still images coming alive in HD with 4K resolution. It marked the entry of Animated Photos.
The new trendsetter was the invention by Troy Christopher Plota and Sascha Scheider. They named the animated photos they produced as Plotagraphs, a portmanteau that rhymes with Photograph and carries the sign of the inventor. In other words, an animated photo is baptized as Plotagraph, not nicknamed!
Soon evolved a community of artists passionate about Photo Animation. They took the scene of Motion Art by storm and Plotagraph was at the helm of this revolution.
On a personal point of view, I was lucky to have an early start from the beta stage of this movement. I was quick to realise how animated photos can become a game changer for advertising and social media.
I believe it was not artists like me alone who recognised the earning potential of Plotagraphs. There were firms and individuals who stooped down to the level of hacking the mother software used to create Plotagraphs. Currently, we see a bunch of app builders most of them playing on price margins and freebies to tap the uninformed users.
But at the end of the day, do they make anything different than an animated photo which was introduced by Troy Christopher Plota way back in 2016?! If the answer is no, they too are making Plotagraphs! And that exactly is my point. If it is an Animated Photo, by pedigree it is a Plotagraph! Calling Plotagraphs, ‘animated photos’ is a strategy for copycats to flourish”
In 2001, when Cinemagraphs were invented by Kevin Burg and Jamie Beck, Flixel Photos came up with their app to ease the creation of cinemagraphs, making the art popular. At present, several apps are available in the market and they all make cinemagraphs. My point is none of these apps calls their resulting output by any other name than Cinemagraph.
Remember how Xerox still stands for Photocopy! That is the strength of Originality!
By the way, when there is an original around, what is the point in settling with duplicates?