Photographer Carl David Jones shoots street style, fashion, and candid snaps of well-dressed people everywhere from his native Cape Town to Seoul. Often shooting on film, Jones’ photos are full of life and movement—especially his unique 3D GIFs.
Jones’ GIFs shimmer and flicker as if you’re wearing 3D glasses. They’re captivating in a way that’s unlike most photo GIFs you find online, partly because they’re clearly shot on film. “I often get people asking what app I use or how I make these on my phone,” Jones says. “But little do people know that I’m making these with a camera from the 80s.” He let us in on the secret behind his unreal moving images, which he shoots with a Nishika N8000, a vintage stereo camera designed to produce printed 3D pictures.
“The camera has four lenses, each set at a different perspective, and the photos are shot on 35mm film half frames. The Nishika N8000 uses two exposures per GIF, so if you are lucky you can get 18 GIFs out of a roll. But this is exceptionally rare, as I find I will only get about eight to ten usable gifs per roll, and then only about three to four that I actually like per roll. So the odds are certainly not with me on this project. Nonetheless, I still love shooting with this camera.
"Once the 35mm has been developed and scanned, the images are then corrected and equally exposed. So I can take the images into Photoshop and stitch my GIFs together using a technique that suits me best. This has taken many trial and errors to get right. It’s still a work in progress. There are four images that go into one GIF each time, each image from a slightly different perspective. Once the images are stitched together a animation can be made.
"You can only fully appreciate the images this camera can make once you have put the GIFs together. Some that you think might come out rad end up being duds, and vice versa, so it’s important to make them all and choose from there. It’s already a mystery shooting on film and not being able to see the images right away. Having to wait even longer with more work to do once the scans are back makes these GIFs that much more mysterious.”