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Contributor's Corner...A Brand New, On-goin Series

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 14, 2014, 1:28 PM

An On-going Series of Interviews with the Group's Contributors

This edition, our first, requires a little background:
XtremeFractals has attracted an impressive list of talented Contributors. The concept is to ask them to be interviewed - answer questions and comment on - fractals - of course!

I am happy to say that this idea has been met enthusiastically - I am scheduling future interviews now.  I also thought it a good opportunity that I be the first interviewee - to work out the kinks and also formally introduce myself here at Xtreme.

I encourage everyone to continue the discussion by asking follow-up questions in the comments.  At the end of this journal I'll identify the next scheduled Contributor to be interviewed - please send in questions for them.
Let's get started!

XtremeFractals:     What can you tell use about yourself?

LightBulbMoon:     I'm 56, I'm married and I am sooo lucky as my wife & two sons tolerate appreciate my fractal works :)
I live on Long Island, New York. I work for, of all things, a company that sells light bulbs - as a data content manager.

XtremeFractals:     Is that why you chose the ID LightBulbMoon?

LightBulbMoon:      No, it was coincidental - I started at that job after I created the DA name - I didn't even notice the connection until months later.

XtremeFractals:     Your gallery, is full of MandelBulb3D work.  Is MB3D your first exporusre to fractals?"

LightBulbMoon:     No, I first was aware of fractals from an article in the Scientific American magazine in the mid '70s.  I ran WinFract on a Win95 computer.  I've even hand drawn them.  Below is a photo of a one of those I painted on a 4x4 foot (1.2 x 1.2m) canvas in acrylics around 1993.

Hand painted fractal

XtremeFractals:     What is your favorite fractal image you've done?  And why?

LightBulbMoon:     It's the manips that I'm really fond of.  They don't seem to attract as much attention as raw fractals for some reason but for me I get a real kick out of adding in people and objects.  Below are a few examples.  Yes, some of you might be thinking that it's the pretty models that is the appeal and I'd say that is some part of it but I love the way adding an object we all intuitively know in the real world, immediately fixes the scale and forces our perception of the image to be adjusted accordingly.

#000046 by LightBulbMoon  #000114 by LightBulbMoon  #000093 by LightBulbMoon

MANDELWERK has some masterful examples of this.  I immediately think of his "A randomly accessed memory" A randomly accessed memory by MANDELWERK

XtremeFractals:     Who else has been an influence on your work?

LightBulbMoon:   That's a long list - and I'm not just being polite.  Andrea1981G -  her early MB3D influenced me tremendously.  batjorge inspires me practically daily.  I see a work by him and remember why I love fractals; why am I not rendering right this minute.  But some artists have been an influence in other ways beyond the art or a technique.  There is the style by which they comport themselves on line or how they take a hobby and turn it into an serious art form.   TomWilcox, bib993, Theli-at - his gallery is a must visit, practically a piligramage for MB3D folk.
Then, there are the non-fractals artists that really molded me as an artist.  We all bring a lot of sensibilities to the art we render.  Iconic artists like Jean Giraud - Moebius, Escher, Maxfield Parrish, Bosch - I'm a fan of realistic illustrators - that might be what attracted me to MandelBulb3D - that software has wonderfully realistic results and to be able to transcend my limited, natural talents and generate images I could only once dream of is a minor miracle to me.

XtremeFractals:     Thank you Dave!

That concludes the interview.  We encourage anyone reading this to continue by asking questions in the comments section.
Our next interview will be with bib993.  Keep an eye out for that in the coming weeks.

Thank you from XtremeFractals!

:iconladycompassion:  :iconlightbulbmoon:  :iconmaldudemaker:

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 :sun: Thank you very much! :hug:
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Just an FYI, the JWildfire folder is saying it's full! :( (Sad) 
Thanks for the heads-up Alex - that's fixed now.
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