Photographer creates breathtaking space scenes using… food?

By Litaletu Zidepa
05 May 2016

It looks like a photo taken from an astronaut’s perspective hundreds of kilometres above earth – but in reality, it was actually made in Navid Baraty’s kitchen.

A childhood fascination with images from the Hubble Telescope inspired Seattle photographer Navid to create some interstellar masterpieces of his own. But, due to his lack of a high-tech space telescope, Navid was forced to use what he had on hand -- sauces, spices, and the occasional cat hair. Read more: 9 people who genuinely believe they were abducted by aliens

With common kitchen ingredients, glasses and an Espon scanner, he cooks up out-of-this-world photos in a series he calls ‘Wander Space Probe’.

Thanks to his creativity, Navid’s garnered a following of thousands on Instagram. Read more: 9 weird things that happen to astronauts in space His Instagram page @wanderprobe also provides explanations of his work, like the creative ‘cat nebula’, the ‘spiral salt galaxy’ and 'planetary pancake'.

"I thought it would be fun and exciting to frame the project around the idea of this imaginary spacecraft roaming around the universe taking photos of its encounters," Navid told ABC. He adds that people mistakenly thought his project was real, and he's often forced to explain how he assembles the images.

Describing his work, Navid said, “I’m creating these fictional space scenes by placing food on top of a photo scanner and then making a scan with the lid open.

"The planets and moons are made by scanning the bottoms of glasses containing liquids, whereas the nebulas I use a large tray filled with various liquids,” He also revealed that the liquids naturally create the ‘atmospheric swirls’ that are seen on his pictures when they are mixed together. “The stars and other points of light are made by sprinkling spices and the other ingredients around the scanner glass.”

Navid told BoredPanda that the process takes him about two or three hours before he gets a printout he is satisfied with. Although his planets are fictional, Navid doesn’t shy away from the thought of the reality of his creations.
“I like to think that perhaps my creations actually could exist somewhere in the vast unknown of the cosmos.”

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SOURCES: BoredPanda, ABC, Instagram

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