Something Like the Sun

It’s an ambitious — and somewhat risky — undertaking to try to capture the center of our solar system with bare eyes, but one photographer, Elijah Gowin, did just that in his supernal series Into the Sun. Comprised of several images shot straight at the brightest of stars, the pictures are a collection both dreamy and impressionistic, sort of like Monet via a camera: lens flare and distortion contribute to the artistic — as only nature can be — end result. One critic wrote that Gowin’s work “confronts the impenetrability of the world and the challenge of representing it.” Flirting with blindness, he finds new ways of seeing the light. (The exhibition, online here, is at New York City’s Robert Mann Gallery through October 22.)

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