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 calm section near a bank of the Tuolumne river in Yosemite. A few bubble clusters, two pine needles and a dusting of forest detritus make their way across the surface.
Notice how the river itself acts as a distortion filter for the river bed below. When you watch the videos, notice how the blending algorithm combines and averages out distinct points of color and light as the focal properties of the water shift from moment to moment.
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 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