“If you find yourself at sea in a small unlighted boat alone in the darkness of a cloudless night, and if you gaze into the darkness of the space between the stars, then keep wide awake. And if your mind is full of wonder and your heart is full of peace, there is a chance that you will understand.” - John Dobson
Seeing Nick Risinger’sastrophotography of our galaxy is sublime. A photo made of over 37,000 exposures collected from opposing ends of the Earth into a 5,000-megapixel view of the cosmos with our Milky Way stretching end to end.
Orbstruck (Exposure: 1/160 sec at f / 3.2 Focal Length: 70 mm ISO: 200)
“Consider that you can see less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum and hear less than 1% of the acoustic spectrum. As you read this, you are traveling at 220 km/sec across the galaxy. 90% of the cells in your body carry their own microbial DNA and are not “you.” The atoms in your body are 99.9999999999999999% empty space and none of them are the ones you were born with, but they all originated in the belly of a star. Human beings have 46 chromosomes, 2 less than the common potato.
The existence of the rainbow depends on the conical photoreceptors in your eyes; to animals without cones, the rainbow does not exist. So you don’t just look at a rainbow, you create it. This is pretty amazing, especially considering that all the beautiful colors you see represent less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum.”
Its been a wild ride, the preparation that is. From conceptualization to creation, we’ve all been working hard fueled by inspiration. What began as a group of friends going on a trip has blossomed into a full blown project with a purpose. We’d like to thank all of our friends and families for their support in so many ways.
PHOTO ART– new display in the lounge, featuring the amazing works of LefteriAlexander – 1 of 1 original signed prints and framed works FOR SALE…fresh from his recent gallery art show. Alex will be in the lounge Tuesday and Thursday nights between classes. The perfect gift or investment…7 weeks until Christmas.
"A rainbow emanates upon a mandala from Nepal, the upside down triangle, a symbol of the feminine divine, rests upon the locus of the Buddha. Transfixed in its meeting and meaning, through its light, a light of its own. Looking through spaciousness awareness, seeing the teachings non-separation being seen, watching the watcher watch, everything known is known. This is the present of presence, the divine glance of the Buddha eye itself."
(Exposure: 1/50 sec at f / 1.8 Focal Length: 24 mm ISO: 2500)