David Bailey's World of Escher-like Tessellations
February 28, 2010 12:48 PM   Subscribe

Also recommended.
posted by Wolfdog at 12:56 PM on February 28, 2010 [10 favorites]

I like these, but also find them kind of painful to look at. I think I'm looking for visual cues to suggest which shapes are in front of the others, and there are none.
posted by FishBike at 1:27 PM on February 28, 2010

Wow, I love the "also recommended" link! Bookmarked for rainy day play! Thanks, Wolfdog.
posted by Quietgal at 5:12 PM on February 28, 2010

You're not wrong, Quietgal, that "also recommended" link is awesome.
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 5:49 PM on February 28, 2010

[tig], Wolfdog!
posted by sciurus at 6:51 PM on February 28, 2010

Main link now redirects to http://www.sedoparking.com/search/registrar.php?registrar=GNBTPark&domain=tess-elation.co.uk
posted by Nelson at 6:57 PM on February 28, 2010

Hmm, it still works for me.
posted by hattifattener at 11:12 PM on February 28, 2010

Craig Kaplan (from Wolfdog's link) is a friend of mine. His work in tessellations is excellent -- I was privileged to attend a presentation from him where he exhibited many of his own self-created works on screen, in print, and in tactile form through CNC-cut objets d'art. What strikes me most about him in his work as a researcher and instructor in CG is how much he integrates artistic and philosophical components into what might otherwise be droll technical discussions.

He's invited me to speak in an upcoming grad lecture and I'll be talking about how and why one might simulate the look of chemical film in the digital photography realm. (I write software to do this, and use it as a professional photographer.)
posted by seanmpuckett at 5:40 AM on March 1, 2010

Oh, wow, that "also recommended" linkā€¦!

This is making me want to grab a copy of SymmetryWorks and start fooling around in Illustrator. I was a fan of Escher when I was a kid and I just really haven't shown that much in my work, aside from some pseudo-woodcut looking pieces now and then.
posted by egypturnash at 7:43 AM on March 1, 2010

I love this sort of thing in general (and the second link in particular) but I have to say that the first David Bailey link seriously didn't do it for me because he's very conservative... he's always saying things like "You could color this with 3 colors (I get excited because it'd be tricky to fit this 3 with the 4-fold symmetry) "but I'm going to use 4 colors because of the 4-fold symmetry" (and I think, "BOOOOORING!")

Mr. Bailey has some good ideas but he should definitely push the envelope more! Craig S. Kaplan's site (the second link) is much more surprising, and some of it, like the Islamic star patterns, sets my brain humming and singing...
posted by lupus_yonderboy at 9:48 AM on March 1, 2010

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