This post is in the work and will be revised with more specific references soon.
Below are images, videos, and animated gifs that all relate to patterns found in nature or resemble planets from a microcosmic point of view. It’s important for me to replicate each still image into video and animation formats because I see so much of our visual language pushing towards movement. Videos have in many ways replaced text and photographs because they are so easy to share now and view on our mobile devices.
I value the still image for the power to hold a moment in time. However, each of the works here should be looked at from the perspective of multiplicity and the advantageous parallel of the animation, which adds the value of time.
These images are stacked macro photographs and video animations of marbles created by artist Bill McMurty I was comissioned to photograph and document. The original files are 21MP and videos were originally rendered in 4.5K size. Yes, these need to be large, and traditional video on a rotating device does not suffice for the amount of focus and light I needed when making these. See Journal #15 for more about how these were made.
Above are the planets, which by now I’ve figured out the best techniques of getting these effects to render the way I like them to. These four clips will be shot in the near future using the stacking focus tecniques I applied in my ongoing series, Little Planets.
These two animated gifs come from a stacking technique with more depth than the marbles allow for and give a vantage point of viewing into something very large and abstract. These videos too were shot using still images and are about 4.5K resolution before being compressed into this animated gif format. I shot the rose in December of 2015 and the crystals in January 2016. I’m not sure how all of these will come together, but however it does, there will be this same multiple format option whenever it’s available to me.