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8 October 2022

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

So we're pleased to present the 469th in our series of Saturday matinees today: The Horse In Motion.

This video by Moritz Pongratz may be just 25 seconds long but you'll be scrubbing back over it repeatedly, so set aside two or three days.

That's because it presents on the left Eadweard Muybridge's famous sequence of still shots in 1878 proving a galloping horse does in fact have all four hooves off the ground at the same time.

But on the right, you have a Stable Diffusion version of the sequence. Pongratz has captioned each AI image with the text that prompted the image. Which is why you'll need a few days (well, minutes anyway) to thoroughly digest this.

The prompts range from the pedestrian (shall we say) A Man Riding a Horse to the rather fanciful (shall we add) Angela Merkel Riding a Seahorse to the imaginative (we might as well say it) A Man Riding a Horse by Banksy.

The original Muybridge images used for input were not great quality so it would be off topic to talk about the quality of the images generated by Stable Diffusion.

But the AI-generated images do prove one thing. The imagination does gallop with all four hooves off the ground at some point.

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