Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Eadweard J. Muybridge's 182nd Birthday Doodle (April 9, 2012)

On April 9 this year, Google surprised us with a new and very well done animated logo, a tribute to Eadweard Muybridge. Press Play on the Doodle below!

Many of you are probably asking yourselves, who is this person? Well, he was a pioneer of filming, being the inventor of a method that allowed a rudimentary form of filming that pre-dates the perforated flexible film strip used in modern cinematography. He was also a gifted photographer and is very well known for his work in that area.

Eadweard Muybridge.

Now, why did Google choose these horse images for its doodle? Well, here is the story: In 1872, a rich horseowner hired Muybridge to do some photographic studies on his horses. The issue was to determine who was right on a popular debate by those days conserning horses: Do horses all four feet are off the ground when they trot and gallop, or do they always leave on foot on the floor? The human eye was incapable of capturing such details, and most artists seemed to paint horses always with one foot on the ground while at trot, and when at full gallop, they were usually painted with the forward legs extended forward, and the rear legs extended behind, of course all of them off the ground.

Muybridge used his camera system to photograph horses at various moments in a short time, thus proving that horses lift all their feet from the ground while trotting or galloping.

Muybridge's "The Horse in Motion".

So there you have it, now you know why all the horses. Thank you Google for such an awesome Doodle, and for letting us know a bit more about important inventors from our past!

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