Details, details... / by Charles Wiese

I’ve been thinking about what goes on with me when I make art that may not be apparent to those who view a finished piece. The computer is one of my primary tools, and when working in some software, I am constantly zooming in to view the details of an image. Like a microscope, I can explore the structure and beauty of the minute details.

Here are closeup views from two different images I’ve been working on… they are part of a series exploring a landscape that I build and erode, extracting various types of data from the 3D landforms to make my 2D imagery.

I have spent many years exploring the flowscapes of the Colorado Plateau and fell in love with both the large scale structures as well as the small details erosive processes carve into the land. Further, the dendritic structures look like so many trees pressed into the land.

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After I posted the above, I realized that some photographs of erosion might be worth including.

Here are a few examples (for illustrative purposes only)… imagine looking down on these landscapes.

I’ll come across some more examples. For now, these grabs from a trip to Death Valley serve the purpose. I am intrigued by the repeated erosion forms - they repeat themselves at different scales (sizes). It is an example of natural processes generating fractal patterns. I like this.