Our Special Effects gallery showcases the fascinating effects that can be created using modern technology. The majority of these images are what is referred to as 'fractal art' - an art form created by representing algorithms as images - but some simply replicate a similar uncanny effect using photographic manipulation techniques and an eye for an interesting shot.
Fractal art developed in tandem with the development of the home computer, beginning to emerge in the early 1980s. A fractal is any one of several kinds of irregular forms, where any particular section can be found to be similar in shape to any particular larger or smaller section when it is increased or reduced in size.
Appreciation of fractal art tends to revolve around the juxtaposition of order and chaos in the image, something reflected in other forms of art, many referring back to similar themes in eastern culture dating back centuries. The central conceit is that chaos is, at its core, waiting to resolve into order, here represented by apparently random and surreal imagery crafted from repeated recursive patterns.