Tilt-shift photography offers tantalizing new views of the Universe


Using the methods of tilt-shift photography, Italian artist St. Tesla takes ordinary pictures of space and recreates them to look like an assortment of exotic iridescent jewels. Images of familiar galaxies, nebulae and supernovae are suddenly made to appear like phosphorescent microorganisms floating in a petri dish of solution.

Macrocosm and microcosm is an ancient Greek Neo-Platonic schema of seeing the same patterns reproduced in all levels of the cosmos, from the largest scale (macrocosm or universe-level) all the way down to the smallest scale (microcosm or sub-sub-atomic or even metaphysical-level). In the system the midpoint is Man, who summarizes the cosmos. I was doing some researches and I found experiment with miniatures of space with tilt shift so I decided to try my own. The result has been nebulae, galaxies and supernovae transformed into microorganism.St. Tesla

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The artist goes on to explain the procedure that involves “taking pictures of space and applying the tilt-shift and then arranging everything with the brightness curves.”

The effect is nothing short of stunning, and St. Tesla helps us reimagine the splendors of the Universe, providing viewers a deeper appreciation of the vibrant visual characteristics and features of what exists throughout the cosmos.

Check out more of her work here:

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Hubble view of star-forming region S106

Processed with MaxIm DL 4

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Kristian strives to enlighten and entertain readers. In addition to his teaching and editorial responsibilities, he is working on a science-fiction novel that promises not to include exoskeleton suits and anemic aliens floating in mysterious vats of green-tinted goop.

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