Golden Ratio

photography; 2010

Golden Ratio

The project I created is based on the concept of the golden ratio (often called the golden section). In mathematics and the arts two quantities are in the golden ratio if the ratio of the sum of the quantities to the larger quantity is equal to the ratio of the larger quantity to the smaller one. This geometric relationship is represented by the Greek letter „phi”. Its value is 1,6180339887… and is irrational number. Golden ration was already known and commonly used in the ancient times; also many other later artists and architects proportioned their works to approximate the golden ratio. It was believed to be aesthetically pleasing and harmonious.

Many scholars believed that the golden ratio was also used in all the aspects of the reality. Consequently, one of the most popular representations of a shell is the Fibonnacci spiral (golden spiral). Even in 2008 a group of neurobiologists confirmed experiments carried out by Volkmar and Harald Weiss that the golden ratio is the coding principle of the brain waves.

For ages the Golden ratio has been a source of inspiration, provocative and intriguing source for discussions. I also could not be indifferent to it, therefore the golden ratio became an inspiration to create a triptych in a form of portraits which took on experimental form.

First picture presents a face as it is in the reality; the middle part is a transitive stage; third part is a result of changes of the face which took place after the golden ratio was applied.

Golden Ratio