What is a fractal?


A fractal is a never-ending pattern. Fractals are infinitely complex patterns that are self-similar across different scales. They are created by repeating a simple process over and over in an ongoing feedback loop. Driven by recursion, fractals are images of dynamic systems – the pictures of Chaos. Geometrically, they exist in between our familiar dimensions. Fractal patterns are extremely familiar, since nature is full of fractals. For instance: trees, rivers, coastlines, mountains, clouds, seashells, hurricanes, etc. Abstract fractals – such as the Mandelbrot Set – can be generated by a computer calculating a simple equation over and over.”

From researching and reading a combination of areas to do with science and photography, I stumbled across the word ‘Fractal’ The fact they have the potential to be anywhere on earth this is a really fascinating way of looking at the world. Even the mundane holds something more than it is.


“Fractals are patterns formed from chaotic equations and contain self-similar patterns of complexity increasing with magnification. If you divide a fractal pattern into parts you get a nearly identical reduced-size copy of the whole.”


Salt FlatsCloudsLeavesWaterfallThe images I have chosen to show an example from what I have been reading, I would never have even thought of them being anything but the literal thing they are, but looking and studying looking past what I visually associate these with, there is a whole different visual world, I to have full knowledge and understanding More so with things like; salt flats/lightning/waterfalls/microscopic images of leaves. rather than relying on say the literal type of fractal for me would consist of things like sea-shells etc.


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