Without question my favourite type of photography. Challenging both technically and creatively it was my desire to take a great shot of the milky way that really peaked my interest in photography. Following greats like Mark Gee and Scott Stulberg has been an inspirational journey in itself. I was even lucky enough to bump into Scott by chance whilst shooting in Acadia National Park in New England and we spent an incredible few hours looking up. Heading out into the pitch darkness to attempt a shot you scouted hours, or maybe days ago, is so exciting! And once you’re there, test shots done and everything set up, eyes adjusted to the dark, it is the most peaceful place in the world. Just awesome.
Some of the images on this page are taken from source material kindly provided by Nasa and were edited by me by way of entry into the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition where they have an awesome category named the Annie Maunder prize for Image Innovation – which focuses specifically on editing images that can’t be taken with regular home level equipment. My favourite of all is the Planispherical Planetarium, which is a composite of a 1797 educational illustration taken from the British Library archives onto which I have superimposed geographically accurate modern globes sourced from and credited to Google Earth – I just love the story of combining our very earliest representations of the solar system with our most recent!
If you look closely here you’ll also see the sun setting on Mars (it really is blue!) and a recent project where I used cymatics to visualise the sound of a black hole at the centre of the Persues galaxy in my living room.