No Llamas please
Hi everyone... Just want to air my feelings on the way all this fractal stuff is being promoted... I know many of you will not like what I have to say but then again some of you will agree with me.
First of all I congratulate Light on tackling a job far better than anyone else has ever done before. There are no doubts there at all.
Secondly I thanks ALL the other contributors to the "Fractal Movement", which is just what it is becoming... However what about trying to enlighten the rest of the world to the beauty of fractals? Has anyone got any ideas as to how we can go about doing that?
We need exposure outside of dA, we need contacts who will buy our images. We also need public exhibitions where what we do can be seen on actual walls. (I don't mean Facebook)
We can educate and overeducate till we are fractally blue in the fractal faces, but really what we want is recognition, we need to make our fractals fashionable. The extent of how we do what we do is entirely up to each individual, otherwise we just become clones of each other. Sharing parameters, spot files etc...
What about our actual skills as artists, our creativity, our love of beautiful imagery? Must that now dwell in the depths of actually being educated to skills that are just not the way some individuals really want to do things.
I see a great deal of technical skill creeping in to the fractals that many of you are making and for me it seems to totally overpower the beauty I used to see. Lovely swirling colours that hypnotised all of us into wanting to create something that was specifically ours, our own designs, our own choice of colours and something that has come from our hearts and joy of the programs we are using.
I had a friend staying here last week, he is a professor at the university here in my town. It was he who over 20 years ago first introduced me to fractals. They were all Mandlebrots and full of colour. He sent them with a mutual friend, in postcard form to a new age shop I had at the time. I had no idea he had done them as I had no knowledge of him being in the art world at all. He told me last week that he used to create them on a massive plotter and each one would take all night. Sadly I don't have any of these images any longer as I would dearly love to have shared them with you all.
Looking at many of the fractals I see now, I really have to say I don't like them ... No colour, shapeless and utterly boring to look at. They must only be beautiful in the eyes of the skilled creators. Sorry I feel like this... But all I see is so many of you following like sheep and making drab boring images. I can't really see members of the public wanting them on their walls in their homes or offices...
Anyway I am very sorry if I have upset people... But it has been festering in me for a long time and had to come out.
I expect any responses to be pretty severe and will hope that some of you actually share my views and feel as I do.
Thanks for reading this.
Here are a couple of scrapbook images that show a very old fractal of mine on a wall in 2 different rooms.