Taking Aim at the Stars
By Adrian Zupp
Each Tuesday we’ll be running a new blog series called “In Focus” which will be specifically about Peter. Some entries will be quite biographical, others will discuss his work philosophies, while others may include insights from friends and colleagues. In this first installment, we look at Peter’s fascination with the stars and capturing them on film.
Some of Peter’s most stunning photos in recent times have been of the stars… the cosmos. One, “Tree of the Universe,” is featured in the premiere of “From the Edge with Peter Lik” and will be released the day the show airs: March 31.
Another, “Heart of the Universe” (pictured), featuring the Milky Way, is already a highly popular gallery shot.
In the notes for “Heart of the Universe,” Peter says “The night skies have always fascinated me.” And it’s true. The allure of the cosmos goes all the way back to his childhood when his father used to show him maps of the stars.
As a photographer, the allure has continued, inspired by a simple fact: “It fascinates me that photography can show light that the human eye can’t see…. If you leave the camera open for thirty seconds, a whole new world opens up.”
Peter points out that trial and error is the main strategy in shooting what the naked eye can’t see, which prompts him to say “Thank goodness for digital!” A clear reference to the fact that in the days before digital photography, trial and error was a very expensive process.
While he intends to keep most of his photography earthbound, shooting the heavens will be an intermittent “experiment” for the Master Photographer.
So keep an eye out for those breathtaking shots from when Peter turns his lens skyward. You’ve never seen anything like them.
FOOTNOTE: In Thursday’s blog, Peter gives tips on shooting the stars!