Partial Sorting

Looking back at the sorted and unsorted versions I realized I like aspects of both of them. The sorted version certainly has more flow, but the smaller segments all on top obliterate any photographic reading. The unsorted version is strong because the larger photographic segments are readable, but they also interrupt the flow. The images below show intermediary versions where the segments are sorted, but then a subset of the largest segments are shifted up in the stack (rendering order) to increase the photographic readability. I still think the unsorted version is strongest, probably due to the variation of texture over the image. In these explorations below, the sorting by area means the texture is quite inform. I may try a few more variations where a much smaller section of large percepts moved up higher; in the images below 25% and 15% of the largest percepts are inserted into the middle, top quarter and top 15% of the stack, respectively. I think these partial sorted variations are more intentional than the randomly shuffled explorations; I want larger segments to be near the top, but perhaps not at the top.