The photomontages began as an experiment. They began as an experiment to see what would happen if I pushed the techniques of mirroring, reproducing, and recontextualizing, and applied it to a single image. The outcome of this experiment is the creation of patterns, fractals, and a system, each of which exists independently while also comprising a part of a greater whole.


Patterns are a regular facet of both art and design. Patterns, which are repeating elements, can be seen in essentially everything humanity produces. Equally, they can be seen throughout nature, from the smallest molecule to the universe itself, and beyond. There are many similarities between these patterns on the macro and micro levels. The reasoning for this is that by mirroring, reproducing, and recontextualizing one image - one pattern - over and over again, in my way, I am creating fractals. Fractals are a mathematical set of a repeating pattern, and the process that has been implemented of mirroring, reproducing, and recontextualizing, creates a system.


The system that governs this project creates a contrasting duality between the subjective processes of photographing and selecting source material, and the autonomous process of assemblage that once put into motion could be implemented by a basic program. What this project allows me to accomplish is to watch how a simple system or set of rules that once implemented and left to run can create something that becomes increasingly complex. This is a system that finds its correlation with the process of life itself, which begins with a single cell that multiplies repeatedly, and which repeatedly becomes complicated, and that will end in a complex organism.


The photomontage series is a compilation that explores this system, and the patterns that are created. What is discovered is that whether the source image derives from a manmade construct, or from nature, that certain fundamental and basic characteristics of the patterns that are created can be found equally, not only from one series to the next but in consecutive generations within a series to the correlating generations in each of the other series.


This project involves taking six images, half of which the source image derives from nature, and the other half the source image derives from a human-made construct. For each source image, there are twelve consecutive “generations” based upon that image. These generations are created through selection and repetition, with each new generation working off the previous one.


The following are a few images from the series.


NOTE: Each piece in the series is large in dimension. Therefore, it is impossible to reproduce them for the web and still portray the intricate detail that can be found in each piece.

All Copyright Michael P. Toussaint 2017