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Photographer Navid Baraty uses household items to create fictional galaxies

Space pics made using a scanner
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    Spiral galaxy: Madefrom baking soda, currypowder, chalk, salt, sugar,cinnamon

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    Earth-like planet: Made fromwater, cream, food colorin |Navid Baraty

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    Nebula: Made from makeup, olive oil, chalk, baby powder, salt, water.

We can’t help but marvel at the mesmerizing beauty of these never- before-seen planets and galaxies. But truth be told, we’ve been fooled as these images were in fact made using an ordinary scanner. Navid Baraty scanned cleverly laid-out kitchen ingredients to create pho- tos that look like they’re from outer space.

Artist's viewpoint

“I’d like people to look at these imagesand think my fictional creations of planets and galaxies could actually exist somewhere in our universe and beyond,” says Baraty.

Hoax.

“I came up with a storyof how I was selected to be the lead image processor for the ‘Wander Space Mission’. I was chosen thanks to my photogra- phy experience but also because I have a degree in engineering. Lots of people actually thought it was real!”

Process

“The images were made by placing objects onan Epson photo scanner and then making a scan with the lid open. Leaving it open createdthe black backdrop. The planets and moons were made by scanning the bottoms of glasses containing liquids. When mixed, the liquids naturally createdthe shapes and swirls. Spices scattered over the scanner glass helped create the effect of stars and other points of light.

Inspiration

“I’ve been fascinatedwith space ever since I wasa kid camping and looking at the stars through my childhood telescope. When I look at the night sky, I’m captivated by its mystery and all of its unknowns waiting to be discovered.”

 

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