Palo Alto, California, USA
Azimuth Series, 2020
Cyanotypes on canvas treated and exposed to direct UV-sunlight with negatives from NASA / Hubble telescope image archives.
Ala Ebtekar’s work is an amalgam of mythology, science, and pop culture. In his Azimuth series, images from the Hubble telescope are printed as negatives, then rendered with an almost alchemical cyanotype technique: exposed over canvas by sun, moon and star light. The result is explosive photographic possibilities of the universe: red iron is changed into blue, stark binaries crumble, photography meets painting, science converges with art, and ultimately, opposing world-views synthesize.