I want to explore what the Timeless Pictures concept means to me and then I want to hear in the comments what the videos do for you.
But first I just want to say a huge thanks to those of you who have signed up since I launched a few weeks ago, especially those who took the 14 day free trial and have now begun their monthly VIP Subscription for access to all my upcoming content. I can't express how encouraging that is because I'd hate to think I'm the only one who's enjoying my own work! (a little admission I actually love watching them on my HDTV with the soundscapes coming to life on the surround speakers! I said to my wife before I launched 'Well if nobody subscribes at least I enjoy them!')
For those who were gifted promotional access to one of the individual collections or those who have signed up to these updates alone, its great to have you here. I won't put on the hard sell to take a full subscription, I'll just work harder to earn that.
By the way, I've created preview videos on a new Timeless Pictures YouTube channel so feel free to share those videos around if you like what I'm doing here ;)
SO WHY TIMELESS PICTURES?
I'm a little bit obsessed with the concept of time. As a kid I used to imagine stopping time and wandering around while everyone was frozen mid stride and messing with things to freak them out when time started again. It was a way to get through boring school church sermons!
So I can't stop time for real but through cinemagraphs I've rediscovered that magic again. Unlike a regular video which leaves little to the imagination, a cinemagraph retains that element of mystery found in a still photo, it's like a good book which allows the imagination to be active and fill in the blanks. The subtle motion gives a stimulus, a trigger that inspires the imagination rather than exhausting it. The best of both worlds.
I speak of imagination a lot, but that's because I believe we all have it and we all need it to function well in life. Not to be confused with being artistic or creative, imagination is simply the ability to think beyond our present moment, to think outside the box. Whether it's the logic based scientist or the writer, we all thrive on some form of imagination because it's what drives problem solving... and if there's one thing we all do no matter our differences in life its problem solving. New research shows that the best way to ensure your baby and child develops intelligence in their formative years is not through rote learning but through imaginative play. That sets them up with the ability to problem solve later in life.
I'm not aware of any research on the physiological affect a cinemagraph has on brainwaves but I suspect the motion both subtle, calming and repetitive would show an ability to have a positive impact on our brainwaves. I'm not going to claim anything and it's only based on my experience but I'd love to know the affect they have on you.
In an ever more hectic and busy world the ability to reconnect with our imagination through creative inspiration and moments of relaxation has never been more important. It's not easy, it means making time to do it... to put what we're doing aside for 5 or 15 minutes and let go. You can't beat a quick breath of fresh air, a walk in the park or simply a cuppa tea but by nature if it's convenient we're more likely to make it happen.
So you reach for your mobile, load up Timeless Pictures on the VHX app, plug in your headphones and give yourself some time. Let it work your imagination. I guarantee just a few minutes watching the visual loops and immersing yourself in the soundscapes will give you an inner calm that makes you more focussed when you re-emerge to take on the rest of your day and a clearer head if you're ready for bed!