Status: In Progress
Endless Forms is an investigation into combining machine learning output and traditional photographic processes. I was particularly interested in this idea of “bringing down the cloud”, or taking digital artifacts and creating physical objects from them. I used the botanical cyanotypes of Ann Atkins as the input for training a model, creating digital negatives from the output that I then reprinted using the same method.
I: Collecting the Input
II: Training the Model
Now that I had all my images, it was time to train a model to learn from them and create new images. I decided to use RunwayML due to ease of use, using their styleGAN model. The output ranged from feathery delicate algae forms to painterly blocks. The writing too was interpreted and transposed as asemic writing on the output, an unintended side effect I find particularly interesting.
III: Bringing back down the cloud
title: “Endless Forms” —
I am now in the process of printing a curated selection of the output. To do this I first make a digital negative using photoshop and print it on Pictorico transparencies. Using the sun I contact print the negative on Revere Platinum paper applied with cyanotype emulsion from Bostick and Sullivan.