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A portfolio of abstract patterns of dispersive structures of a single ink drop in water.

Each ephemeral form is unique, surreal, and exquisitely beautiful. Since these are lifesize macros, many of the fine details are literally invisible to the naked eye. The images reveal what looks like "organic" life-forms, that develop as though some hidden “rule” (or genetic code) is guiding their evolution.

Tellingly, even as each delicate form is “perfect” onto itself, what starts the whole process going, and what is most responsible for the diversity of patterns, is imperfection. It is because the ink drops are not perfect spheres, because they assume a variety of randomly distorted oblong shapes as they fall, and because they have unpredictable and shifting densities of ink inside of them, that each sequence is a unique creation that unfolds just once, then vanishes forever.

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About the Author

andrew ilachinski
ilachina Northern Virginia, USA

A Ph.D. physicist specializing in complex adaptive systems, Andy Ilachinski spends most of his free time with a camera.

A founding member of Lorton Arts Foundation's Workhouse Photographic Society in 2009 (near Occoquan, VA), his photographs have won numerous awards, have been exhibited in many juried solo and group shows, and hang in galleries, businesses, and private homes.

Featured in Lenswork magazine four times, in Black & White twice, Andy has won numerous awards in Black & White magazine's portfolio and single-image contests and the prestigious B&W Spider awards, and won the book contest sponsored by the UK Black + White Photography magazine in 2007.

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