Anna Fisher1500

Ink/pencil, 23″ x 23″ approx.

Anna Fisher is an American astronaut, who in 1984 became the first mother to travel into space. I constructed her portrait by layering hundreds of concentric circles, drawn in ink, over a celestial star chart. The idea was to show both Fisher and the original chart underneath (I preserved most of the constellations). I also reinforced some of the tones in pencil.

I’ve always been fascinated by the cosmos and anything space-related. I spend clear nights photographing our solar system and the stars beyond, using a reflector telescope, equatorial mount and DSLR camera. The distances involved are unimaginably vast. So vast in fact, that each photograph taken shows a snapshot thousands, if not millions of years ago… the light itself takes a considerable length of time to reach the camera shutter. To put it simply, the deep night sky is a patchwork in time… each star represents the universe as it once was. I find it hugely inspirational.

AnnaFisher1500_EDIT_NASAII

Digital edit/experiment in colour.