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The Morning GIF: Up, hip, and away

Ronen Verbit was flying across the Williamsburg Bridge before it was cool.


Lorraine Murphy


Here at the Daily Dot, we swap GIF images with each other every morning. Now we’re looping you in. In the Morning GIF, we feature a popular—or just plain cool—GIF we found on Reddit, Canvas, or elsewhere on the Internet.

Artists have always been seen (particularly by themselves) as unearthly, semi-divine creatures more akin to the Archons of the Gnostics or the Egyptian ka than regular old meat puppets like the rest of us.

Now there’s proof they may be right.

As if they weren’t insufferable enough already.

We kid, we kid; here at the Daily Dot, there’s nothing we enjoy more than a rousing discussion of the metaphysical discoveries latent in the relationship between the aesthetically sublime and the physically revolting.

Ronen Verbit was born to be an artist, although according to his Tumblr bio he first tried careers as an Egyptologist (age 11), stock boy (15), semi-professional movie fan (also 15; he was moonlighting), videographer (16), and rabbi (20). Eventually he settled down as an artist who works at the intersection of photography, video, and the Web.

And, apparently, between the surface of the Williamsburg Bridge and the sky.

This GIF, put together from a series of photos of him leaping, shows Verbit crossing the bridge airborne. What’s mildly amusing is that only one of the pedestrians he flies past pays the slightest attention to him. The rest were presumably too jaded.

With a whopping 85 notes, you’re definitely getting in on this before he goes mainstream.

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