Time Goes Slow Motion on Candidate Visuals

And looks for something new.

Christopher Morrisseries of films for Time seems to go against every social multimedia impulse. Instead of strategic, one or two minute cuts, six-second vines, or the mesmerizing endless loop of the GIF, Morris has created videos that creep across the screen, so slow they look like they were created by cameras panning over stills.

They were instead captured by a Phantom camera, which takes 720 frames a second.

In this extended sense of time, candidates wave their arms with almost balletic grace. The image of a woman at a rally raising her cell phone to take a photo becomes comedic, somehow. And the faces in the crowds emerge, literally. No longer an anonymous clump, you get a chance to really look into the eyes of attendees, to see if they’ve found in their would-be representatives what they came to find.

“Today the sea of images is so vast that it’s hard to be grabbed by anything,” writes Meghan O’Rourke, explaining the impetus behind the project. “One begins to wonder what Americans might have felt when they saw Lincoln’s portrait in Harper’s Bazaar, or Abraham Zapruder’s stills of John F. Kennedy’s assassination in LIFE.”

By slowing the scenes down, “we have the unusual experience of seeing politics freshly,” she writes. And with the glut of elections-related content that exists in every medium, that’s hard to pull off.