Jpeg Synthesis / by Zachary Copfer

Here is a new piece I just completed for my "Jpeg Synthesis" portfolio. This work is an aesthetic exploration of the similarities between the genetic code and computer programing code. To create these works, I first use a dissecting scope to take photographs of organisms commonly used in genetic testing. Then, I open the digital image files in programming software and alter the actual hex code of the file. All of the variations seen in the images come from what I call "digital mutations" of the source code. After I crop the original image down to square format, zero post processing is done in imaging software. Every single alignment and color shift is produced at the code level. In fact, when I am working on a file I can't see the image at all, I am only looking at line after line of computer coding. To see some of my earlier Code works, check out the mutations gallery under the works in progress tab on my blog menu.