I guess it would be appropriate today if “F” was for FROZEN! However, it is not. Today “F” is for Fractal.
Benoit B. Mandelbrot coined the term “fractal” in the 1960s, he was a rebel. Today, he’s revered for inventing a new geometry.
Think of fractal geometry as a way to measure the rough and tumble real world. Nature abounds with complex shapes, from trees to snowflakes to mountains. What Mandelbrot discovered is these geometric shapes look the same when you break them into their smaller components. Consider the cauliflower, whose smaller and smaller buds mirror the whole bunch.
Relative to art, fractals are a unique, digital art form, using mathematical formulas to create art with an infinite diversity of form, detail, color and light. In simple terms, a fractal is a graphical representation of a mathematical equation. The formula used for a particular image determines how each pixel in the image is formed and colored. (Pixels are simply little squares which are the smallest display elements that make up the images you see on a computer monitor or television.) A typical fractal image contains millions of these pixels.
Below are a few “fractaled” images I have created. I hope you enjoy them.
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