I start with images I photograph which I then process using custom software. The website is divided into two parts: the older works are based on photographs of Bangkok, Thailand, where I lived for 7 years up until 2019; the newer ones from the San Diego area, where I live now.

I process the photos I shoot using a "patcher" I wrote in Max/MSP/Jitter (a software development environment published by Cycling '74) which I have been constantly modifying and amending over several years. Max/MSP/Jitter is a visual programming environment where image data can be "patched" through various objects that modify the image in real-time. l. Basically the patcher takes an image, scales it, rotates it, and reflects portions to create kind of a rich kaleidoscopic effect and then feeds the output image back onto the input image in an iterative process. The iteration does something like “re-fold” parts of the image. I also use a lot of chance and randomization algorithms and keep working an image over and over again to see what I come up with.

Making this art is in some ways all about "curating" what the algorithm produces. It is almost impossible to predict or guide what will happen using some specific parameters with a specific image as it works through the process. When I do get an image I like, the final version is further manipulated in Photoshop and other tools and then printed on high-end inkjet printers on heavy fine-art paper ("pigment dye" prints).

-Robert Stratton

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