May 05, 2006 - 0 Comments - Fractals -

Fractal Orbits

Once in a while I like to walk up a tall hillside, sit down and reflect on what I see.

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Something that has puzzled me lately is the fractal art contest with Benoit Mandelbrot in Spain. It’s a great thing for the genre of Fractal Art, but it just isn’t my thing and I keep wondering why.

For starters, I wouldn’t even have heard about it if it wasn’t for an email from a friend about another fractal project. Why did something so big and bright not appear on my horizon?

Submissions to the contest ended May 1st. I never even thought of submitting anything. The required dimensions of the submissions seemed foreign and distant to me.

I’ve never made images that big even for the purpose of anti-aliasing. I’m not even sure if the programs I use will allow such sizes. I didn’t even try to find out, either.

Download parameter file “orange02.zar”

If that is Fractal Art, then what am I making? What does that make me? Where on their map is my little town?

Don’t get me wrong, I like Ultra Fractal stuff. It’s very rich and yes, it looks polished and professional. It’s the sort of stuff that really should be hanging in a gallery, winning contests and presented to the world as Fractal Art, or at least at the head of the parade.

Most of the great fractal artists choose Ultra Fractal to work with and I think it’s because the program allows them to compose complex, stereophonic symphonies of fractal imagery. I’ve seen many of these concert hall images and some of them are my all-time favorites.

Download parameter file “orange03.zar”

I think this contest will, among other things, produce a fine showcase of Fractal Art to attract the attention of the public and give them a high class introduction to the artform.

But…

Although all fractal art revolves around the same thing: fractal math; it doesn’t all follow the same orbit. Some of us are on Mars.

We use Martian programs, Martian dimensions, Martian colors and do Martian things with our alien pictures.

We don’t do contests and there’s not enough of us to form a committee or even a webring. In fact, come to think of it, I could be the only one on this planet.

Or asteroid. Maybe I’m way out on an asteroid