Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun

Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun

Size: A3+ (13"x19") shipped ready to hang in your choice of a classic glass frame or a hanging magnetic frame. If you have the right size frame of your own, worry not, you can order the print itself at a $15 discount.


The photo: According to a study published in Science Advances (DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1600377), about 60% of the population in Europe, and 80% in North America no longer has the ability to observe the Milky Way due to light pollution. It is an interesting thought that the same advancements in technology that enabled us to learn and have uninterrupted access to information, have also disabled us from the ability to look up at the night sky and wonder. What is out there? Will we ever reach the distant stars? Perhaps one day the very same technology will advance to the point of allowing us to explore our own galaxy from corner to corner. Afterall, according to Einstein, the speed of light is technically not the limit of how fast things can travel, it is only an asymptote. This long-exposure photo captures taillights of the nearby passing car, creating streaks of red light leading up to the heart of the Milky Way galaxy. The light-trails are accompanied by the red glow from the dust in the air which appears to add a bit of colour to the density of the Milky way, perfectly complementing it. The light texture and colour reproduction qualities of the Hahnemühle Photo Rag Metallic paper give this photo a unique appearance and dimension, captivating the viewer, and translating the experience into a sense of wonder and mystery. The title of this piece was inspired by a little-known song by Pink Floyd.


Location: 50°41'58.8"N 115°08'06.2"W


Behind the scenes: This shot was taken at around 3 a.m. on a small dirt-road in the middle of the mountains. That is to say, we did not see, and could not expect a single car to pass by us throughout the night. So, what is the car in the photo? That is in fact our car. After setting up the long exposure shot to be taken, I would put the camera on a 10 second count-down timer; run to the car where Robin was ready with a stop-watch; pedal-to the metal, we would zip by the camera at which point the 10 second timer was up and I would start pressing the break pedal to activate the tail-lights; we’d keep driving and decelerating until the 20 second exposure was done. Needless to say it took us at least half-a-dozen times to get everything just right.


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