Astronomic Vision


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The subsequent images comprise a series of images that utilize Keith's Image Stacker, an image stacking software designed for amateur astronomers. The user can utilize the image stacker to 'stack'(composite) multiple still images of faint objects to construct a more detailed picture of the object. This software is primarily designed for photographs of faint deep sky objects taken by the user.

In these examples, Keith's image stacker is utilized to stack objects against its intended purpose. All the images selected for 'stacking' are found from the Messier Catalog of Deep Sky Objects - the quintessential traditional survey of 103 astronomical objects. The choice of images to stack are categorical and represent a typology of objects found in the sky (within the sample size of the Messier Deep Sky Survey). The images can represent part typographical study and to me connote a deeper metaphor about the malleability of the fabric of space/time.

 

The re-imagining of the idea of the sublime fused with the artists’ utilization of certain data sets within astrophysics. This work fuses these concepts with the canonical works by Caspar David Freiderich. With the advancements within science and technology, a contemporary re-interpretation of what we would consider 'the sublime' can be addressed. The crystalline figures in these images are textured by the vibrant color from the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe. Each particle emitted from the figure is determined by the varying degrees of the spectrum of blue, green, yellow, and red within the WMAP. Literally a long exposure of cosmic background radiation, the WMAP is considered to be a photograph of the remnants of the Big Bang.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


"Every Globular Cluster in the Messier Catalog",
Keith's Image Stacker, archival inkjet print, 80"x80", 2015

 


"Every Galaxy in the Messier Catalog",
Keith's Image
Stacking Software, archival inkjet print, 80"x80", 2015

 


"Messier Objects 68, 78, 84", Keith's Image Stacker,
archival inkjet print, 50"x50", 2015

 


"Messier Objects 1, 20, 27, 57, 97", Keith's Image Stacking Software, archival inkjet print, 40"x40", 2015

 


"Messier Catalog Objects 02, 03, 04, 05, 09, 10, 11, 12, 15", Keith's Image Stacking Software, 45"x45", 2015

 


"Messier Catalog Objects 5, 27, 51", Keith's Image Stacking Software, archival inkjet print, 40"x40", 2015

 


"Messier Catalog Objects 8, 64, 84", Keith's Image Stacking Software, archival inkjet print, 40"x40", 2015


"Messier Catalog Objects 100, 101, 105, 109, 110", Keith's Image Stacking Software, archival inkjet print, 40"x40", 2015