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 quiet pool of the Tuolumne just south Glen Aulin. A scattering of small bubbles is joined by a couple of fallen pine needles. They advance slowly, driven by a gentle breeze and rocked back and forth by the ripples on the surface.
Notice how clearly you can separate the two main components of the motion – the steady upward advancement and the periodic back and forth motion due to the ripples. Yet some of the particles can't seem to decide which way they're headed, particularly the ones in the top center of the composition.
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 and bits of forest detritus. 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