Exhibition 2023 – Butterfly Effect


‘Butterfly Effect’ is the latest body of work that explores the physical world alongside the imagine world of computer generated imagery. The genesis for the project was based on the work of  Edward Norton Lorenz who coined the term butterfly effect as the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministic non-linear system can result in large differences in a later state.

This work takes the butterfly as the core ingredient for image making via two separate non-linear systems where the potential outcomes are unlimited.  The, first approach is photography as a means of representation and the second to use words to stimulate a generative AI engine. In this case creating pattern and texture to the body and wings in the style of famous artists. 

The representative images are presented as magnified images of butterflies with their natural environment to provide the reader with context. 

The Generative AI images presentation takes cues from the way a lepidopterist would mount their specimens under glass on a plan background where the butterfly is devoid of context.

Presenting these related yet distinct work alongside each our is to encourage to question the way technology and artificial intelligence are impacting our ability to determine the real from the computational generated image.


Exhibited at The Bargehouse, Oxo Tower, London as part of London Photo Show 2023

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