Blooms are 3-D printed sculptures designed to animate when spun under a strobe light. Unlike a 3D zoetrope, which animates a sequence of small changes to objects, a bloom animates as a single self-contained sculpture. The bloom’s animation effect is achieved by progressive rotations of the golden ratio, phi (ϕ), the same ratio that nature employs to generate the spiral patterns we see in pinecones and sunflowers. The rotational speed and strobe rate of the bloom are synchronized so that one flash occurs every time the bloom turns 137.5º (the angular version of phi).* Each bloom’s particular form and behavior is determined by a unique parametric seed I call a phi-nome (/fī nōm/). -John Edmark
Sailing is slowness and vastness, an uninterrupted line drawn 360° around to split the sea from the sky. An ocean crossing can turn into an epic journey through yourself, a balance of patience against your desires. And the ability to get past them.
The video tells my personal story across the Atlantic ocean in January 2013. The experience became the beginning of my interest for video making, and since then I started working on the sailing project: telling stories about the seas and the people who cross them. For more info visit the Sailing Film website: