Deanimation 30" x 20" Unique (edition of 1) Archival pigment print Conservation grade frame package Frame handmade with reclaimed maple Printed and mounted and framed by the artist View Full Size
This is a print which captures the motion of flowing water in the Tuolumne river, as revealed by air bubbles (formed by some small turbulence upstream) along with a few floating pine needles which are carried along by the surface currents.
Notice how the composition is centered around an eddy at the side of the river. The main current is off to the right, flowing from the bottom to top of the frame. You can see how the motion in this eddy swirls back around – contrary to the main current.
Here are two videos which demonstrate how the work is created. This first one is the original – before any algorithmic processing.
Because the video is captured on a sturdy tripod, you can see how the background remains stable and the only motion that comes through is that of the moving subjects.
This second video is a visualization of the blending algorithm which reveals the motion of the bubbles and pine needles. You can see how crisp tracks will develop as these natural tracers move along their complex trajectories. The algorithm also has a particularly alluring effect on the water itself – as if it was taken out of time, or in a state of suspension.
The final art image is created from the full accumulation of these blends.
Further reading: Making the picture frames Code and implementation