What is Photo Unfolding?

Imagine your photo is a tile. Make a row of three. Now flip the center one right to left. Now the three tiles form a seamless tiling. Make a stack of three of these rows. Flip the center one top for bottom. Now the nine tiles form a seamless three by three grid. Rotate this grid some amount and then crop it down to two by two tiles in size. This is the image shown on the screen. A piece of the new image the size of the original tile is used to form the next generation.

When this process is repeated recursively surprising complexity emerges. Is it beautiful or a clever simulation?

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