For this third set of kaleidoscope images, I used this simple hibiscus blossom as the basis.
I find these images absolutely extraordinary.
By tweaking seven parameters (horizontal offset, vertical offset, rotation angle, scale factor, number of petals, number of orbits, and the strangely named radial suction), I can basically tell the computer which areas of the original photo to use.
And then it generates a seemingly infinite range of colourful patterns.
I remember playing with a very primitive but no less magical kaleidoscope when I was very little, and being mesmerized by the fact that the seemingly arbitrary arrangements of little colourful beads at the bottom of a tube could create such enchanting patterns.
It took me a while to realise that it’s actually the play of cleverly arranged mirrors that causes the patterns. 🙂
I also remember that feeling deep inside that the world could be a magical place, filled with colour, joy and creativity, if we only looked at it from the right angle.