|"Why Fractals?" by Renata Spiazzi|
If we look at the history of fractals, we can find that they were discovered centuries ago. Perhaps they were not called fractals yet, but the mathematical principles were there. Several people throughout the centuries investigated the functions in the complex plane but without the aid of a computer they did not have the means to visualize the beauty of the shapes they were discovering.
I continued experimenting and created the Image of Music (left) and Shapes of a New Technology (right)
Then decided to start post work, overlapped two images and embossed the last one in Photoshop for The Web.
I had just purchased the program Ultrafractal and I was experimenting. Occasionally I liked to try again some work with gradients, but I always came back to the fractals and experimented again.
Continuing my experiments with Ultrafractal I found some new formulas and started going deeper into them. I created some underwater scenes. One of them Submerged Heaven (left) and another Eruption in the depths (right).
I was working on the program when the radio announced that the Shuttle Colombia had exploded. I thought of the feelings of the crew at that moment. They probably did not have any more than One Moment of Fear. And used that as a title for the image.(left) Continuing on the same feeling I created Ship Wreck (right).
When creating fractals I like to have the music playing. I think it puts me in a high feeling mood, and it allows me to see things in the fractals I would not see with different sounds surrounding me. I was listening to Mozart, when this piece was created Listening to Mozart (left). I also created Orchestration (center) and Sea Breeze (right).
Now and then I have friends who want their portrait. I do not like to take their photo when they know they are being shot. I like to be around them and shoot when the moment is right. This is what Happened with Daniela. I thought her gentleness was right for my fractal image, and I overlapped the two.
Artists have a sensitive soul. During their life they try to cultivate their sensitivity to be able to express different situations with as much depth as possible. This is probably what makes them an introvert or a misunderstood being. The more they are able to feel joy and beauty the more they feel pain and ugliness. The events they face during the day influence the work they produce. This is what brought about Friday Evening on the Freeway (left), Pacific Shores (center)and Desert Sands (right).
One morning after watching the news I felt I had to express the feelings I had acquired during the show. I made a booklet of 7 pages with fractals chosen at that moment and I explained what the news had done to me: We are living in difficult times. Our minds, influenced by the happenings are choosing lines, shapes and compositions they would not choose in other circumstances.
Through Kai Power Tools I was introduced to the FraxFlame program. It does not really give you flames. It gives you doodles and you can transform them into different shapes. The program has the tools to do it. Even the color can be changed and experimenting with it is a real trip! But after I fix one doodle I feel I have only an object, and I am aiming at a composition. So I transport my flames to Photoshop and as mentioned before I make an inventory. When I feel that I have a shape that is worthwhile, I start experimenting overlapping different images with different backgrounds and I create my compositions. This operation takes sometimes several images or even fragments to finally have a message. I think there should be a message in every composition or the work is just a pretty object.
It should communicate a feeling, and in choosing abstractions I feel the viewer could compare my work to a piece of music. Like in music, there are no flower pots or seascapes or pretty dancers. There are lines and shapes that through their meaning transmit feelings and emotions.
If the viewer can feel those feelings and emotions I have done my job. The following set of flame images should communicate what the title says. Euphoria (far left), Blush, Encounter and Poise (far right). And my mission is to continue working towards a fractal that because of its beauty will bring tears to your eyes. Then, you will know WHY FRACTALS!
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