Deanimation 30" x 20" Unique (edition of 1) Archival pigment print Conservation grade frame package Frame handmade with reclaimed old-growth pine 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 south of Glen Aulin. Off to the right is a bit of turbulence that generates bubbles which are carried downstream. These bubbles, less than an inch in size, mark the movements of the surface current.
Notice how the section of the river in the bottom of the composition forms an eddy. The boulder blocks the main flow of the river (which continues flowing past) yet some water must flow back into this shielded part of the river.
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. 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