The Silence of the Universe

“Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity – in all this vastness –there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us.” Carl Sagan

This project is my current work in progress looking at some of the ideas being studied in cosmology and physics about the nature of our universe and the likelihood of life existing elsewhere in the cosmos, and what form that life might take. I am interested in the way that we perceive the universe and how lenses and probes act as both a translator and an impediment to how we experience the other bodies in our solar system and beyond. These images are created through a combination of astrophotography and the exploration of details within objects in my immediate environment, using the camera lens to act as a conduit to open up doors to the other worlds that could exist within the vastness of space.

Would we recognise other sentient life if we came across it, or is the limited experience we have of the forms life takes on our planet a barrier to being able to discover and communicate with other inhabitants of the universe? As we search through the vastness of space and have yet to discover confirmation of life outside of our atmosphere, it becomes even more apparent that the combination of elements necessary to sustain life the way that Earth does are rare and precarious, and as such we should learn quickly to take better care of our home so it can continue to sustain us and future generations.