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 floating leaves and pine needles and bits of forest debris in a nearly still pool in a wide bend of the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne. The motion in this composition comes from a shifting breeze which blows these elements around. Because this is a slow-moving subject, this work was captured as a sequence of still images, at an interval of 2 seconds between. The videos here play back in fast motion, at 5 frames per second, or 10x speed.
Notice how the movements of the entire collection are not totally in sync. You can clearly see group motion at times, when a broad breeze pushes everything in the same direction, yet at other times there are clear local differences. The wind, like the river, doesn't always flow uniformly..
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 leaves and pine needles and particles 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