Deanimation 30" x 20" Unique (edition of 1) Archival pigment print Conservation grade frame package Frame handmade with reclaimed oxidized old-growth pine Printed and mounted and framed by the artist View Full Size
This is a print which captures the motion of a pint-sized pocket in the granite shelf beside California Falls. It is filled with a bit of standing water and covered with a dusting of particles of forest detritus. When a rush of air blows across, the particles begin to move around and around.
Notice how some of the most beautiful and complex scenes in nature are happening just off of the beaten path. In this tiny exclave of a river system, there exists something like a whole solar system in miniature.
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 grains of dust and forest detritus and a little water bug. 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