The basic intro

This is a WordPress site which I’ll use to post my fractal images and other fractal-related stuff. It will hopefully replace most of the pages in the other fractal site(s) I might have or had in the past. Hopefully it will all be centralized and managed from here. All the images and text are copyrighted except when noticed, do not use any material without permission.

This site has no association with any fractal software described here neither any site or some other individual fractal sites or fractal communities. Only www.fractalland.com is actually related to this WordPress blog.

Best viewed with Firefox, using the best resolution you can (the images posted here are pretty big). Not tested in any other browser so I have no idea how things look like if you’re using one of them.

A few more on this

Somehow inspired by things like what has been said in this post (and many others) at the Orbit Traps Blog (“Make the art that pleases you rather than the art you think other “good” artists want to see.”), I decided it’s time for a facelift in these sites and to go back to the fractals. For a while, the galleries will stay as they are now at fractalland.com but they will change soon to this new format as well.

I’ve decided to send the images I didn’t like to the fractal heaven, and some images are now gone forever. I’ve kept those that really interest me, who cares if it’s a simple spiral, or a 256-colour image made in Fractint using DOS? I am the first person that must like my work. I don’t work for the masses, I don’t work expecting public admiration (although I must say it’s quite nice when you’re invited for an exhibition at the Lincoln Center as I was…), I don’t make fractals based on how many comments they will get at some community site or even at my own blog. I just do this to please me. It’s a hobby, not a full-time job. Fractals don’t pay my bills, and hopefully never will.

How it all started

A little background on all this: I’ve started making fractals probably sometime around the mid-90′s, when I found Fractint in the middle of one of these CD-ROMs that came as a bonus with some computer magazine filled with a bunch of demo versions, sharewares and freewares. It was love at first sight. Of course it was far from being anything remotely interesting at first (people used to the “point and click” system of Windows might hate all these DOS softwares), but then I became an addict quite soon. It was fun, relaxing and quite nice to make all these weird images. This was sometime slightly before the Internet boom, I think. I was still saving some images, and had quite a bunch of them, but I don’t remember showing them to many people.

Sometime around 1996/97, me and some other fans of the band The Cure used to gather in a pre-historical video chat service thing, using Cu-see-me, while the band was recording their new single. Sometimes some members of the band used to appear in the live chat and talk to us for a while, and sometimes even Robert Smith himself showed up, although he didn’t chat. At that time, the official Cure site had sort of a fractal theme – lots of mandelbrot sets in the background, and even one of the new songs had some sort of a fractal theme, it was called “strange attraction” (perhaps the Internet Archive might have a sample of the site from these days). Anyway, one night finally Robert Smith stopped after the recording sessions and talked to us. But what to say or ask other than these typical fan questions? My first thought… the fractals. Not many people there had any clue about what these odd background images were, and I thought this could be some interesting move and a different subject other than the boring fantalk to break the ice… then I said “Robert, are you interested in fractals? I have a website with some images I’ve done”… to what he replied… “What’s the URL, Baco (my nickname…)?”… well… the problem is… I didn’t have a page set up yet! No need to say that I had to pretend I was reorganizing things and gave him some URL of my old Geocities personal page, saying that the fractal page would be back in a couple of days… I built a page ASAP, put my images in there, and this is how it all started, I guess. Yes, he visited the page later. The ice was broken, and we managed to talk about other stuff as well, but my fractal web history started with something… that didn’t exist.

After that I started to update my fractal pages not really often or thinking to keep a “fractal gallery” always active but according to whatever good work I thought I was making. At some point, I found UltraFractal, and even though I didn’t like it much at first (I was a Fractint addict!) I started using it and started to produce things like mad with the new possibilities. Soon… the first invitation to an exhibition happened. I started to look at things more “professionally” so to speak. And this is what made me stop, after some time.

As time went by, I started making fractals like crazy, zillions every day. And I started to look at my images with a different approach than when I started making them. It was no longer fun – I guess I was trapped in the Guild (or by the Guild?). I started to get more and more frustrated with what I was doing, thinking everything was boring and ugly (and it was!) and that I would never be able to make such good art as these people from Renderosity (that was the hit of the moment). Despite having 1200 images posted here, I was not interested even in looking at them again. Then… suddenly I stopped making fractals. For a couple of years (!). I think I’ve even probably skipped a few UltraFractal version updates. I opened Apophysis or UF here and there once every 2 months maybe, played a little but didn’t save anything. I was really bored. Only after realizing that I was unhappy because I was trying to do something with my “art” and my pasttime something that it wasn’t, trying to make it sort of a job instead of the funny pasttime, was that I noticed I could (re)start from scratch, even if keeping my old stuff and not making as much new images as before. This is what made me give fractalland.com a new go. Let’s see how it goes.