Cosmic Structures 1

Richard Maier

Los Angeles, United States

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If you looked through a telescope and saw something like these images, you could be excused for being a little worried…

Back in the old (pre-computer) days, I would switch from taking photographs to etching plates every so often just to keep things interesting. Photography is a scattershot process – you take a lot of photos, but very few of them end up being great. Printing etched plates is a craft – you spend a month on a plate trying to make it perfect and worry at every step whether you’re improving your print or about to ruin it.

These days, I mostly switch between the program ArtMatic and creating huge layered Photoshop files as epitomized in the “Atlas Of Dreams” series. The layered Photoshop files have become my modern equivalent of etching a plate, with the added benefit of being able to save old versions and go back to them if I take a wrong turn. My modern equivalent of a taking photos is ArtMatic. Instead of looking for interesting subjects and trying to find a good way to shoot them, I can visually search mathematical parameters for interesting algorithms. When I find one, I can tweak it until I find it appealing, then explore all its nooks and crannies.

The “Cosmic Structures” series is an exploration of two related algorithms. The images were then brought into Photoshop for additional tweaking. This series is from 2004.

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