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  • Betty Girardeau

Don't Give Up

Quite some time ago, when I was still working on completing my music video I downloaded an app which I thought might give me some interesting images to use for it. At that time I was considering using more abstract images than I ultimately ended up doing, and the Frax app looked like it might be a good way of creating some interesting ones. I was quickly disappointed in it as I could not find a way to do anything other than aimlessly play with it. So I stopped working with it and very nearly discarded it. This week someone created an eye catching image and shared it with the Facebook iColormama Creative Group. To post an image with this group you have to tell a bit about how it was created. Low and behold, it had been by using both iColorama and the Frax app. That certainly got my attention! I decided I had better take another look at this app and see what I had missed previously about how to use it. I don't know how I had not found the tutorials that have been created for Frax. This app really does allow the user to create infinitely complex patterns and then save them as image files. The science behind this is rather mind-blowing, especially because advanced mathematics was never one of my strong suits. While fractal patterns are all around us naturally in dynamic systems, such as rivers, trees, and mountains, abstract fractals are computer generated by calculating a "simple" equation over and over. Wikipedia describes fractals this way: "a fractal is a self-similar subset of Euclidean space whose fractal dimension strictly exceeds its topological dimension." That sounds like a foreign language to me. I certainly do not understand how it exists or why it works, but, as a person who loves to create abstract images, I am glad that it does. I had almost given up on this Frax app. Now I have a new "sand box" in which to play and create.

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