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Self-Similar Snapshots

Iterated Function Systems As Emotional Journal

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Self-Similar Snapshots is an artist's collection of images created as an emotional journal. Using methods of visual and spoken word sampling, a software fractal exploration program, and many many hours, over a hundred images were created over almost five years. 

From the Foreword:

"From May 6, 2005 through August 3, 2009 I kept a journal of sorts. I set the rules for myself before I started. Whenever the urge struck me to make a note of something, I’d grab my laptop and work with a piece of free software used to created fractals. I’d choose a photo that resonated with my mood at the time, and use it’s palette histogram as the palette for the fractal. I’d also look in the fractal for some pattern that felt like it meant something to me (whatever that means). Then I’d refine it, adjusting its parameters and displacement maps and intensities until I had composed an image that felt right to me. I’d then render the image out, and choose a phrase for the name. The phrase must be “sampled” from the moment. A line from a song I just heard, a sentence from an email, or a few words from a book I was reading. Regardless, the final product will serve to capture a moment in time. A visual journal of my emotional state, fetched from the ether, and frozen in the digital amber of a rendered file."


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Self-Similar Snapshots
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  • Available on iPad, iPhone, and Mac.
  • Category: Art & Architecture
  • Published: Jan 24, 2012
  • Publisher: Aaron Rutledge
  • Seller: Aaron Rutledge
  • Print Length: 9 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iPad with iBooks 2 or later and iOS 5 or later, or an iPhone with iOS 8.4 or later, or a Mac with OS X 10.9 or later.

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