This is not a photoshopped cheetah photo, it's a fractal image. What's a fractal? A fractal is a kind of a hologram, it's "a rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be subdivided into parts, each of which is (at least approximately) a reduced-size copy of the whole," a property called self-similarity. The term was coined by Benoît Mandelbrot in 1975 and was derived from the Latin fractus meaning "broken" or "fractured."
Creation of a fractal is a random process. Most of the time the artist achieves something other than what he or she planned. More of these surprising images can be viewed at Art of Pain.
Saturday, July 12, 2008