Fearful symmetry

The new images I’ve been doing in the lab at Exeter University contain an enormous amount of symmetry, with their complex branching forms often taking up regular patterning, and choosing the reflective route. Deep-rooted links with life forms, waterways and rocks such as agate are clear. Here are a few examples.


‘Exotic caterpillars’


‘Agate slice’


‘Liquid divisions’


‘In search of perfect symmetry’

Let’s get biological…

I’m amazed at how greatly the images I’m doing in the lab at the moment are reminiscent of plant and animal forms. Here are a few examples from today.

‘Ernst Haeckel revisited’

‘Leaf detail’

‘Primitive life’

Lab Illusions

Nothing is quite what it seems….

Today in the lab I found semi-precious stone, lakes and mountains and what could have been an Annelid; not entirely sure.

‘Fire Agate’


‘Lakes and Mountains’



Soap and water, ink and data

The title is the name of a talk which I gave yesterday in a workshop at Exeter University which featured data visualization as its theme. Here’s the link to the day’s events funded by EPSRC’s ‘Bridging the Gaps’. The talks were highly varied in content – all new and interesting to me – a very enjoyable workshop. If anyone who did not go would like to know what I spoke about, please contact me and I’ll give you a brief overview.

Here are a couple of inksplosion images from today.

The first two ‘Cosmic networking’, and ‘Bubblemaze’, bear out something which I mentioned in my talk yesterday – that I like complexity very much, here seen in the varied textures of the inks.

The third; ‘Fly high’ features rather diffuse, glowing areas of colour – this is actually airborne flow because of high speeds of ink travel.


‘Cosmic networking’




‘Fly high’

The deeper rhythms

I have been making videos of ink swirling in water in the lab, and watching these puts me in mind of the larger forces of nature, where fundamental rhythms and pulses dictate our day-to-day existence. The footage below has a pulsating flow, reminiscent of self-sustained circadian rhythms which drive the existences of living creatures. Hydro-chronobiological visualization!