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
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This is a print which captures the motion of a constriction in the Tuolumne River. The water flowing here in this red granite watercourse has just emerged from a cascade, and so is covered in bubbles. These bubbles reveal the bumpy flow which charges through the centerline, while throwing off rotating eddies off on either side.

Notice how the pattern of constriction is so symmetric, like an hourglass. Why does the river seem to momentarily pull together in this way?.

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

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