Every now and then, you stumble on the work of someone so talented it hurts. I already alluded to the ambivalent nature of admiration in the previous post concerning the work of Robert Hodgin. On the one hand, it’s a joy to see such talent. On the other hand, you can’t but feel pain at your own inadequacies when confronted with a truly original, beautifully constructed piece of code.
Jonathan McCabe and his art falls firmly in this category. The depth of his pieces betrays an admirable grasp of biological patterns and artificial evolution. If there ever were scientists of art, Jonathan would be at the pinnacle.
Through his images on Flickr I got my first introduction to Turing patterns. I leave it up to you to discover exactly what these are. It’s not the destination that matters, it’s the journey (significant pause). An entire new vista of complexity has opened up for me and if I, or you, can ever produce a piece that reveals a fraction of the inherent beauty, it will be time well spent.
I’ll definitely work on code exploring this new territory. I only hope that I can find an approach sufficiently different to warrant public exposure. In the meantime, please explore Jonathan’s work and the fascinating foundation it builds on.