representing the universe

Nick Risinger is responsible for the Photopic Sky Survey, a huge photograph of the entire night sky, as we see it. 

You can zoom in and out off the image, around the galaxy, showing planets and constellations and a crazy amount of detail. Where you would expect to see black… there are hundreds of stars. 

Interestingly, as Louie Giglio points out, the Milky Way that we can see from Earth, is only a fraction of our universe. How does one even imagine such hugeness? 


The image is Creative Commons so I might use it in my final project. I’m fascinated by the image, and gentle but perspective shifting manipulations of it.


representing unimaginable things: Chris Jordan

Chris Jordan, an American artist/photographer uses interesting scalable photographs to represent the huge numbers of disposable items in his ‘Running the Numbers’ series on consumption and the statistics behind it. The photograph above represents the 1.4 million  paper bags used in American supermarkets every hour.

Below is ‘insatiable’ – “Depicts 48,000 plastic spoons, equal to the number of gallons of oil consumed around the world every second.” Chris’ work aims to represent ‘global phenomena’ on a scale that will challenge us and illuminate the things we otherwise couldn’t see – the unimaginable (Jordan, C. 2009).

I’m considering the methods he used and the effects he creates to see how I might also communicate what seems incomprehensible.