This past Sunday marked the opening at the Bexley Library of an exhibit of photographic prints and computer generated imagery I’ve created over the past few years.
Images shown here were created with a 3-D software program named Bryce. Named after Bryce National Park in southern Utah where land, sky and rock formations merge, creating a near fantasy landscape, this fractal geometry software allows me to create imaginary worlds by merging shapes, planes and refracted light.
I’ve been using Bryce since its inception in 1994. What I like about this program is that it gives me an opportunity to explore 3 dimensional forms, the relationship of elements in space and the effects of multiple light sources within that space. Being able to give shapes optical glass attributes and then project rays of light through them fascinates me.
Another technique is to create a sphere with etched glass qualities and place a spherical light source inside it. The patterns that are then projected onto other objects take on a quality that reminds me of Rune-like writing. I have titled some the prints Cuneiforbs – a variation on Cuneiform, the earliest form of writing.
Considered to be the earliest documented form of written language and expression, Cuneiform was comprised of over 500 pictographs and symbols and was invented in Mesopotamia in the 4th millennium B.C. The language continued to evolve for thousands of years as scribes used sharpened reeds to etch characters formed by arranging small wedge-shaped elements together onto clay tablets.
The piece below is the result of a natural occurrence of fractal geometry. This is the magnification of a 6-inch section of ice that formed on my studio window last February. I took five exposures of the window pane and then stitched each of those images together in Photoshop. The end result was printed onto a 75-inch piece of canvas and then stretched over a wooden frame.
The exhibit runs through October and can be viewed during regular library hours. The exhibit also includes nature photography by Laurel Talabere.