Beautiful Cinematic Stop Motion Creation Made from 80K Photos Shot Over 3 Years

Sometimes photo projects take days. Sometimes they take months. In photographer and filmmaker Gioacchino Petronicce’s case, his project “PICTURES” took years. Three years and 80,000 photos that eventually turned into the elegant cinematic stop motion video you see above.

Petronicce’s goal with “PICTURES” was to give the viewer a glimpse into the flickering thought process and imaging information that turns into a final shot.

“‘Pictures’ Speaks about photography and photographer,” writes Petronicce. “Here, the photographer is moving in the space to discover a particular event. When he finds it he just pushes the button and … click!”

The film speeds up and slows down, stuttering like a projector, showing you how each split second leads up to the decisive moment — a dance made that much more graceful by the fact that we owe the background music to Monsieur Claude Debussy and his movement Clair De Lune.


All of the images Petronicce used were captured over a three-year period during which he traveled to Paris, Barcelona, Hossegor, Venezia, Toulouse, Martinique, New York City, Montpellier and more.

The photos were all taken with his Canon 5D Mark III and 7D, using a smattering of different lenses, including a Tokina 11-16mm, Canon 35mm f/1.4, Zeiss 50mm f/1.4, Canon 50mm f/1.4, Canon 100mm f/2.8, Samyang 85mm f/1.4 and Canon 15-85mm.

To see more from Petronicce, be sure to pay his Flickr, Facebook and Vimeo page a visit by following the corresponding links.