He Poked 10,000 Holes In A Photo And Created Something Absolutely Breathtaking

We are all passionate about something, for example my three passions are: Sport, fashion and bourbon biscuits. For blogger and photographer Jesse Rockwell, his passion is Milky Way and deep space photography. Over the past seven years or so he has been practicing his hobby and perfecting his craft, posting his snapshots to his blog.

Arguably his most stunning picture is his latest capture of the Milky Way over Santa Barbra, California. Not content with the initial panorama he did something unbelievably epic to transform the image into something so much more.

This is the panorama that Jesse took of the Milky Way from the mountains in Santa Barbra, caught during the new moon. The image is a mosaic of 24 photos, stitched at the edges in order to capture the widest swathe of sky possible. 

This is a scaled down file. The original is 200 megapixels

Jesse ordered a print of the stunning display that measured 72 x 30 inches. On its arrival he was inspired to improve the picture tenfold. However, his vision took a painstakingly long time.

He ordered a large print (72 by 30 inches!), but wanted to do something that would make it come to life, so to speak.

He used a pushpin to pierce tiny holes through the thick matte paper, with the intention of placing LED lights behind it to make an indoor representation of the nights sky. I wasn’t kidding when I said it was a laborious task, the monotonous hole-poking took hours on end to complete.

He began experimenting with ways to pierce the paper without creating ragged tears. This screw was an attempt, but he found a pushpin worked the best.

Jesse estimates that there are some 10,000 pricks, or stars, in the finished product. But boy was it worth it! He enlisted the help of his mate who was a carpenter (handy) to build a frame to hold the lights. 

Rockwell also enlisted the help of his friend and housemate, a carpenter, to build a frame to hold the LEDs that would illuminate the print.

The backing was attached, wiring set up and photo suspended between two pieces of Plexiglas cut to size. 

The backing was put on, and the wiring set up so that the lights could be controlled via remote.

All that was left to do was attach the lights and place the photo on top.

The lights were added in and then the photo was placed on top.

The result?

It was pretty stunning.

An interactive light display that is beyond stunning. 

The photo is now an interactive light display, showing the majesty of the galaxy in the night sky.

To top it all off the illuminating LEDs change colour, which makes the plethora of pinpricks shimmer as if they are multicoloured stars as you move your vision across the print. 

And it changes color, too!

Fingers crossed Jesse has some heavy hanging hooks because the picture weighs in at almost 50 pounds when all assembled. Now that is what you call DIY done bloody well.

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