Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Profiles of Fractal Artists

There is kind of a history of the fractal arts and the people that have been around for years mostly know who all the players are. There are some very smart people with mathematics degrees and others that are not so smart but sometimes get noticed for their artwork rather than their mathematics knowledge. And then there are some people that I think are very smart and creative people that go mostly unnoticed. The people that do the art because they really do enjoy it and create art that they themselves like and don't care about what other people think are in a different category than those that do what they think other people like because they are trying to impress other people and possible out to make some money. It is nice to get noticed and make make some money, but this is a very hard world with a lot of competition.

My suggestion to all fractal artists is to continue and research what is being done in the art world and really study what is being done in some of the active digital art newsgroups and forums. Communicate with these people and make some friends and learn from them. One active group I know of is On, just do a search for fractals or apophysis and you will several recent postings.

My specialty is mostly in programming and trying to keep up with new technologies in creating dynamic web pages. I also like studying the flame fractal algorithm. Some of my recent interests are in the new AJAX frameworks that have recently evolved for creating dynamic web pages.



Blogger Philip Northover said...

Good advice. No harm in interacting or just looking around. Lots of fractal or fractal-like images on flickr, almost 13,000.

I suppose the people on this blog comprise the relatively serious fractal artists. Looks like we lost a few contributors over Christmas, or maybe it's just the new blogger with a bug not showing everybody.

Not sure if AJAX is a problem looking for a solution or not. Perhaps for massive content high volume commercial sites it makes a difference.

1/26/2007 11:18 AM

Blogger ktazaco said...

I would say that AJAX is more like a solution looking for a problem. I've been looking for a way to apply this technology for generating fractals. The idea would be to generate the images on the server while the coloring and display could be done in the clients browser. The server would maintain a database of saved images that could then be used for display in an AJAX enabled gallery.

An example gallery showcase for images that uses the AJAX technology is at the following URL:


1/26/2007 11:48 PM

Blogger Philip Northover said...

Sounds cool! I'm told that AJAX loaded content is ordinarily invisible to search engines, so a site wishing that content to be included has to maintain a version the engines can read. Which seems to be more work, although for images and image apps, search engines may not be a major concern.

1/27/2007 10:42 AM


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