Freezin' Fractals

Out of the south comes the whirlwind: and cold out of the north

Download parameter file whirlwind.xpf

Once again, a fractal that owes its interest entirely to the randomly generated palette. A subtle change to the palette created the contrasting areas of dark and light.

Perhaps "fractals" is a misleading name for these sorts of images. The word implies a basketfull of fruit or vegetables. A whole bunch of the same stuff.

The truth of the matter is that most fractal images have as much in common with each other as most photographs have with other photographs.

Fractalgraph. That sounds better. It implies something made by fractals and not the "fractals" themselves.

The similiarity to photography is good also since fractal programs merely produce fractal material which the user selects and frames-up just like a photographer.

What if photography was called "photos"? Sounds pretty limp and day-old, doesn't it?

Of course, if you take fractal images and do all sorts of things to them in a graphics program, you'll end up with something completely new and rather hard to label anyhow. Perhaps this is the digital art version of the traditional "mixed media."

In the end it's just a picture. It's parentage is deceptive and misleading, causing us to praise mediocre work made with high-class methods and laugh at the new stuff.

Well, I haven't actually heard any laughing, but I'm sure it's out there. Out there in those gallery cocktail parties. On the internet, no one hears you laugh.

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