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by illogical42 on October 20th, 2010
Today I got some wonderful news: I just received confirmation that one of my pictures is selected for the exposition “Duisternis” (Darkness), organised by the Brabantse Milieufederatie. My image will be shown in the public library in Berkel-Enschot, from October 30th to November 27th, 2010.
Below you can see the selected work named “Na Bóithre Romhainn” (Gaelic for “The Road Ahead”).
by illogical42 on October 16th, 2010
It’s not every day that a new field of mathematics arises, but fractals was something completely new. I remember seeing those beautiful images made from simple math formulas as a kid and trying recreate them on my first computer with VGA colors. I can recall I used FractInt for that.
I was surprised to see FractInt still existed, but the cause was a little less pleasant: today Benoit Mandelbrot died, age 85. Follow the links to TED to see some video material where he talks about his work.
Here’s to you, Benoit, and may you gain more insights in the next realm.
by illogical42 on August 7th, 2010
When I started out shooting snapshots, I always thought was “writing” in color. Learning about the camera obscura, I learned that it was more about capturing light than actually writing. Later on I even learned that light can be used to sculpt.
Now why should I start about my early misconception? I recently encountered a natural phenomenon I hadn’t paid attention to in a long while. It’s called chromatography, which literally means “color writing”. It’s an analysis technique primarily used for the separation of plant pigments such as chlorophyll. It is the collective term for a set of laboratory techniques for the separation of mixtures.
The example I saw in the wild was made with a freshly used (and wet) coffee pad. It was accidentally placed on an home-printed invitation. The result you can see above.
And if you want to try something like this yourself, please do not use the same materials. Take a felt marker and put a dot on the middle of a strip of paper. Put the piece of paper in a liquid, like water, leaving the dot above the liquid. Putting the dot in the liquid just dissolves it. Now wait and see how the different colors get separated…
by illogical42 on August 1st, 2010
Synesthesia (also spelled synæsthesia or synaesthesia) is a neurologically-based condition in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway (source: wikipedia).
This phenomenon has always interested me, where people “see” sounds, smell or taste colors or see characters in a certain color. Several artists and scientist are synestesists. Among them are Nicola Tesla (inventor), Pythagoras (philosopher), Ludwig Wittgenstein (philosopher), Wassily Kandinsky (painter), Richard D James (aka Aphex Twin, musician), Jimi Hendrix (musician) and Syd Barret (Pink Floyd, musician). There are more, and not everyone on the list above is confirmed 100%.
So far I have not seen Eno’s name in any of the compiled lists of synestesists, but I enjoy his music and soundscapes. And watching Kandinsky’s paintings I can pretty much see how a painting can be based on music.
Now how would the image above sound or taste…
by illogical42 on October 9th, 2009
Each year in September there is a light festival in Eindhoven. Eindhoven has this title because of he Philips light bulb heritage. For several years now I’ve tried to shoot one location. And each time something came in between. The first year I ran out of film. The next year I was shooting and the lights went out while I was setting up my tripod. Third year I was not able to go to the festival, the next year it was raining cats and dogs, then work caught up… to make a long story short: this time I was prepared! Had my camera and lenses bagged, took my tripod, checked batteries and memory card, and went there in time.