The idea of the macrocosm and microcosm comes from ancient Greek Neoplatonism since the 3rd century CE. The heart of this philosophic foundation is about man and his role in the universe, but that’s something I’m not going to get into just yet. To make things general and more universal I’m choosing to work with nature first because it allows the viewer a certain sense of detachment. The following images in this journal deal with nature and the way patterns emerge on all scales.
Everything below was shot using two specialized lenses, the Laowa 2:1 60mm macro & Laowa 15mm 1:1 macro. The Laowa 15mm 1:1 macro lens allows for the simultaneous focus of what’s up close and far away and brings up one important aspect of observation: The closer one looks at a something, the more everything else falls out of focus. *Future updates of this series will use that lens exclusively for this very reason. The images below, however, were shot with both lenses and act as more of an experiment.
After I went out and captured several examples of the same image from close and far away I noticed issues with my technique (like combining multiple lenses, for example). *I was going to post a video of what I came to envision these turning out like but more planning is required. I also realize I’ll need to do more research on what these plants are called!
This video was made from hundreds of photographs blended together from a 2:1 macro-ratio to around 1:1 (and as low as 1:2). The gaps were further blended using the Twixtor plugin in After Effects to allow the final clip to be longer than a few seconds. This is meant to be viewed slow, with music coming at a later point. What I’m interested in is this: The longer one looks at something the more gradual things come in and out of focus.
This aspect of the series was more successful and offered me the satisfaction of knowing each frame could be printed very large, something a 4k video would not even allow for. The other advantage of a still image is that I could stack each peak focus from several photographs into one final composite. Below are three of these composites combined with three separate images each.
Update… Journal No.7 was updated with many more images, a timelapse, and a video.