Let me explain some of the weird image names you’ll see here and some other naming techniques I might be using.

How hard is it to name an image? Very, at times. Let’s say you have a daughter. Why did you name it “Moon Unit” instead of the plain old “Mary”? Weird isn’t it? Well… probably mr. Frank Zappa had a good reason for that (yes that’s the real name of one of his kids). If you have a daughter and if you are a big Zappa fan, you might name your daughter like that too – and it will make perfect sense for you.

When I name some image, I try to name it according to what I’m feeling at the moment (sounds cliché, but it’s for real), some situation that happened while making the image (or previously), a song I’m listening to, etc. and even some obvious name if the image looks like something from the “real world”. Some of these names probably will only make sense to me. That’s not the point, I don’t have to name it using some more common name “just because”.

Naming images like that might have a disadvantage though. Some people see in the image about the same thing you do (not very common, but happens), some people see a very different thing – or they just didn’t see anything. Naming it “tree” sometimes won’t make people see a tree in that image. They might still be seeing a car. Or something.

There are some images here that have numbers after their names, like “Purplemania 3” and others. Usually these are part of a series of images with the same common theme. Sometimes, the other missing numbers were images that I didn’t like, hence they were deleted and you might have just versions 1 and 3 of an image, for example.

When I started playing with some deep zooms of the Mandelbrot set, it was quite boring to name them like “Mandelbrot zoom 1… 2…” etc. Then I had this idea of naming them after its zoom properties, say if the zoom was set to 2000, it would be named “2000” (of course they are bigger than that). This avoids repetitive names as well, and sounds more “chaotic”.

Basically, this is how I name my stuff. I will explain some of the more specific image names when needed, in their specific gallery posts as they appear.