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 View Full Size
This is a print which captures the motion of the rim of the White Cascade, Tuolumne River, with flying objects backlit by morning light. Roaring water is going over the falls, and as it does, it shoots out individual droplets, flinging them up and over in elegant arcs. At the same time flying moths trace out their own paths – meandering and seemingly energized by the live water.
Notice how the trajectories of the ejected water droplets trace out tidy parabolas, which is the expected behavior for objects in free fall.
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 projectile water droplets and flying moths. 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