WINDOWS ON EARTH (Photographs by Astronauts)
August 19th – September 27th
Saturday, September 6th from 7-9 p.m.
Gallery Seven presents “Windows on Earth” a series of 20 images photographed by astronauts from the International Space Station and fine tuned by artist Dan Barstow. We are accustomed to seeing photographs of the earth from space, and they look like what they are, images taken for scientific or military purposes. The photographs in this exhibition are different. They are created by astronauts who are photographing because something looks beautiful or awe-inspiring. In the case of these photographs, the astronauts are working as artists. They are making artistic and aesthetic choices – this is the first step in the process. The second, is Stow, MA artist Dan Barstow working with the digital file in order to fine tune color and tonality to help capture what the astronauts might have seen and felt as they clicked the shutter.
When looking at the photograph entitled “Our Neck of the Woods” one may quickly recognize (especially if from New England) the aerial view of “arm-shaped” Cape Cod, but there is so much more to the image. The graceful curve of the earth outlined, as if by an artist’s brush, by the thin layer of our atmosphere balanced by wispy translucent clouds sweeping up from the south. And then there is “Coast of Brazil”, a beautiful abstraction with hues of greens and blues set off with strands of white flowing across the image as if purposefully put down by a painter’s hand. While some of these images are recognizable to us as parts of the earth, and some are not, they all function as powerful abstract works of art that transcend subject matter.