Wednesday, 13 September 2017 09:31

CGI Abstract Compositions

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This is series of images, exploring the potential of a simple design elements to become complex images through various digital manipulation and processes. These studies explore the potential of digital tools to generatively create abstract compositions, starting from simple shape to complex objects. In my work I am often interested  in the potential of specific media to expressively generate content based on its unique abilities and tools. Just as modernist painters were able to use paint in its pure form to expressively create nonrepresentational pairings, digital media has its own unique esthetics and ability to create composition without reference to specific object or subject. In this work I am starting with no particular image, creating all the forms purely by applying and modifying the elements I can create in the computer environment.  The final images reflect process oriented approach, and by repetition and variation to this process with open ended outcomes. The final images are result of process that uses the computer as a tool, means, subject, object and inspiration.  

Thursday, 20 October 2016 13:49

Black Rock Observatory

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I have been working on this image last year, but finally got to put it on my blog. It is a digital collage of images taken at the Observatory installation at Black Rock City Burning Man 2015. 

Thursday, 12 June 2014 06:01

Tied-arch Bridge

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Ever since I moved to Portland, I have been fascinated with the local bridges. Immediately they bring memories of the bridges over Moldau in Prague, where I had spent my early years. Bridges are like rivers extending the flow of human traffic over the waters bellow. In these images the bridges fold on them self, creating knot-like structures.  

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 19:38

Folding Space

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Folding space is an exploration of process by taking an image with a strong graphic design element and applying repeating formula to digitally manipulating the image. The effect is same as when creating fractal design; growing and repeating a pattern. These images are based on photograph but they are abstract presentation of the process and digital manipulation.


For more images from visit the Fractal portfolio.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 20:46

Red Butte Rocks

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The landscape of Red Butte has always been inspiration for me. The contrast of its rusty red ground and rocks with all shades of green create stunning visual contrast. The textures of rocks and grasses complement and blend with each other. It is one of my most favorite landscapes to photograph and use to create composite images of. This image is one of the few that I have been able to completely close all the gaps in the ground to create closed circular landscape. I am also pleased with the light effect and contrast between the highlights and shadow areas in the image. 

Thursday, 05 September 2013 14:09

Burning Man 2013

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Burning Man 2013

This was my first time participating in Burning Man (festival, gathering or what ever I may call it will just be inadequate description). It was an amazing experience with a great impact on my appreciation of what it means to have connection with a place and people. The environment of BM is booth rough and embracing i both extremes.  Its harsh environment makes you appreciate everyones effort to create space where you can express your self in any way you like and everyone will support your own expression. Come as you are, express your self and leave for ever changed.  


Thursday, 27 February 2014 18:40

Over and Under

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I have revisited images I took last February to create a new composite. Having the distance from when the images were taken to when I completed the work helped reimagine a different point of view on the scene, creating dynamic composition and  adding new landscape to my collection of circular images. 

The title of this image is Over and Under, expressing the landscape visually turning on it self, inverting and drawing the view inwards and outwards at the same time. 

Sunday, 31 March 2013 18:06

Highway Overpass

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Continuing  exploration of digital landscape composition I am pushing some ideas and my work further in direction of surreal digital composition and manipulation. Digital images have the great advantage of becoming surreal representation of our imagination. When I start working on particular composition, I have some idea what the image should become. The more time I spent composing and playing with the image my imagination takes over and drives the image in its own direction. One side of me really likes this aspect of work, letting imagination take over, and just enjoy the creative process. The other side is telling me I need to consider the image in the scope of all of my work. I have not passed my final verdict on this image yet, I am just enjoying the creativity and imagination it allows me. 

Saturday, 02 February 2013 21:22

Snow Land

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This is a new addition to my Circular Landscape image series,  capturing the winter view of the Salt Lake valley from the foothills. I have taken the images last November but have not made the composite until this January. I have been struggling with finding the right place to take interesting panorama which would create circular landscape with interesting character. Most images that I have tried turned out very uniform and without variations in the horizon line. This is a reason I keep coming to the same place where I have taken one of the first images, it still has the best diversity and texture in the landscape that caught my attention while back. 


Saturday, 30 June 2012 17:42

Hello World!

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Welcome to my new site.

I am very excited to have my new site up. The last site was build with flash and was not updated in a year. This new site is build in Joomla so it could be updated easily. It has some of the old content in a new layout and I will be updating and adding new content more frequently. I am excited to share new work and links to my classes and blog. If you have questions about any of my work or comments I would love to hear from you! Let me know what you think or what you think could be improved.
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