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New York City artist Romain Laurent makes .gif loop portraits. Mr. Laurent recently photographed De Luxe Coffee owner Andy Schultz, and went on to have that work featured by Wired. By association, so is Andy.

From Wired:

The committee-driven and regulated world of advertising photography can be a constraining force on the creative mind. After moving to New York and picking up ad work, Romain Laurent was itching for a more spontaneous outlet. He started One Loop Portrait a Week as a way to satisfy his urge to improvise and get a break from the second-guessing that creeps into even personal projects as they get “serious.”
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“Early in my photography days, it was just about taking a photo, and by the evening I had it done and it was online,” he says. “So my idea with this project was to try to find that spark again, the kind of creative rhythm or energy that you have when you’re younger.”

Featuring mostly friends and acquaintances, many of the portraits are built as Cinemagram-style combinations of still and animated elements within the same image. Choosing a base image from the filmed sequence, he then carefully overlays the animated elements from the rest of the video so that they seamlessly move in the still picture.

And now look at Andy:


De Luxe is turning two next week. Andy and his wife Tina opened De Luxe Coffee (410 7th Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11215) in December 2011. Since then, they’ve been serving the Park Slope community DOMA Coffee (roasted in Post Falls, Idaho), pastry from Balthazar and Fats & Flour, coffee cake from This Chick Bakes, and cookies from HIM in the Kitchen.

They also recently purchased a chalk board:


And on it they write fun things:


They also have a fervent following:


Find De Luxe Coffee on Facebook and on their web site. Stop in to drink some DOMA coffee and say, “Hi, I saw you on the internet and you’re famous now.”

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