I’ve been in a non-shooting mode lately. Call it the blues or doldrums or lens block. Whatever it is I just can’t seem to find things that grab my eye to capture. So, I’ve been doung what a lot of photgraphers do: Go back and review the catalog. In doing this I find myself also looking at other photographers blogs for creative inspiration. One photographer who I’ve been following for a while is Denise Ippolito. She provides a lot of examples and ideas for me. Her blog is called “A Creative Adventure”. It’s here http://deniseippolito.com/. Fractal art is a form of algorithmic art created by calculating fractal objects and representing the calculation results as still images, animations, and media. Fractal art developed from the mid-1980s onwards. She’s quite a remarkable gal. Please take a look at her work. One of the programs that she uses is called is a filter called Fractalius. It really provides some interesting results from shots that just might be ordinary, run-of-mill, snapshots. I’m going to provide a couple of examples of what I have been doing with this filter.
The first shot is, well, weeds. I shot these at Merritt Lake in Oakland on our vissit out there with Mariel and Matt, my daughter and son-in-law. They told us that the Merritt Lake walk is 3 miles long around the perimeter of the lake. The second shot is rendered with the Fractilius filter. I’m sure that this shot as is is just fine, but I thought that adding a little creativity to the picture gave it a whole different feel and wound up being something extremely unusual. Maybe not to everyones taste, but I think that it came out rather neat. Or at least very different.