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Julien Douvier's Gifs Are More Zen Than Zany Cats, And That's A Good Thing

GIFs are more often associated with zany cats than zen, but that hasn't stopped Julien Douvier from working some beautiful magic.

In the hands of this French designer, the endlessly moving frames take on a calming, tranquil essence. Where most GIFs loop in sharp, jarring segments, Douvier's "cinemagraphs" -- in which only part of the picture moves while the rest remains static -- meld together seamlessly, often building off the inherent repetition of nature.

One shot features the endless ripples of waves beneath a wooden boat. A more pastoral scene zeroes in on smoke drifting lazily from a cabin.

See some of Douvier's cinemagraphs, below. Visit his tumblr page or his personal webpage for more.

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