My beginnings in arts

I began my quest of art embracing drawing, figurative painting, surrealism and symbolism and I enjoyed working with acrylics colors during most of my 20s. But putting big effort and creativity isn’t always rewarded the way we intended it to be. A few years ago I started to have a look back at my paintings. The dark and aggressive themes of my compositions, reflecting a more tormented young age, were not representative of how my life had evolved. While I was still fascinated by the beauty of the human body, in particular the feminine body, I had toned down my obsessiveness and started to appreciate nature as a whole, to the point of fascination. From there I began to look for new ways of expressions. I had started photography long time ago, towards the end of my 20s. From landscapes and industrial pictures, mostly shot while I was living in California, I moved to macro photography where I found a broader experimentation field. It was in this context that I started to shoot plants, stems, all kinds of berries and flowers. Using a high magnification lense, shooting in black and white, playing with filters and manipulating colors can lead to very interesting and unreal results. What I eventually obtained was reminiscent of science-fiction, of alien textures and strange biotopes. This was the beginning of a new start for my creativity.

The evolution

From shooting pictures I envisioned new ways of creating art. I wanted to go beyond the basic photographic results and expand the possibilities. I became interested in image sequencing: to be able to have different versions of a picture, repeated with slight or dramatic differences over a long sequence. This is similar in some ways to some works done by the great Andy Warhol even though I never tried to mimic him. My conception of sequencing image is more electronic, pixel based. In this respect, if I had to transpose this concept into sound, it would resemble patterns of electronic music, where a short sequence of notes is repeated continuously with tonal variations achieved with resonant filters and effects. I also have a passion for electronic music; but unfortunately I’m not a musician and cannot create good songs, I just enjoy listening to them. So, going back to my image sequences, I decided to write a software that could sequence images while manipulating the matrix of Red, Green and Blue primary colors. I created my first sequence with gradual variation and arranged the images in square grids for display. While I got interesting results I wanted to push the boundaries further. That’s when I started experimented with geometric distortions and started to incorporate that into my compositions as well.

The now

During my experiments with digital images I started to dig deeper into filter customization because the mainstream tools jut wouldn’t do the work. I began to write my own filters with various filter language and plugins eventually realizing that by programming filters in specific ways I was able to generate entirely new images. This is what I call the 3rd stage. The 1st stage is photography, the 2nd stage is photography through filters and in the 3rd stage there isn’t any photography involved anymore, the image is created within the filter itself. This process requires more complexity and parameters to integrate but eventually is more rewarding because you create something completely new and original. You have ideas, textures and scenes that you pre-visualize in your mind and that you try to generate into reality.
When you do research on image distortion you have to go into maths, geometry, fractals on so on. Eventually shapes obtained are a striking reminder of what Nature is creating all around us (branches, spirals, corollas, ridges, color patterns in animals and plants). This is fascinating; while I’ve never been a big fan of mathematics I must recognize that there are deep links between mathematics and nature. With today’s computer capabilities, the possibilities of generating images are endless but I tend to think that interesting digital artwork must also have organic, nature like aesthetic features because the mind eventually link these images with nature and biology, thinks that we, humans, are intrinsically attached to throughout our lives.