2017.001.013

Deanimation
30" x 20"
Unique (edition of 1)
Archival pigment print
Conservation grade frame package
Frame handmade with red oak
Printed and mounted and framed by the artist
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This is a print which captures the motion of the outpouring of a large rapid in the Grand Canyon of The Tuolumne. A vast supply of bubbles is generated in the white water and find their way into nearly every branching path of the flow.

Notice how the eddies on the outside of the turn attract more bubbles. By the property of inertia, you may reason that the water is more readily thrown towards the outside of a turn. You may find it harmonious, or you may find it agitating that even though so much of the river charges swiftly and dedicedly downstream, part of it just wants to go around in circles all day.

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.


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