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 a shallow bank of the Tuolumne river. Just off camera is a small cascade that creates floating bubbles that travel gently downstream.
Notice how you can make out the white outline of some of the larger bubbles, particularly in the bottom right of the composition, whereas the smaller bubbles come through as single white points. When you watch the videos, does it appear to you that the smaller bubbles tend to outrace the larger bubbles, or is this just an illusion?.
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