Mandala origins / by Samuel Allison

This series goes back a decade to when I started using photographs to digitally generate mandalas. First I played around with a spliced nautilus shell illuminated on a light table, rotating & overlaying the spiral in composite images. Then I started using macro photographs of leaves, water bubbles, honeybees & a dragonfly. I made “snowflake” radial patterns where the image was multiplied 4, 6 or 8 times. I quickly got bored of this digital technique, but it led to some surprising results.

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