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January 20, 2011 / Amy Lucas Photography


I have finally finished the second version of astronaut. It came out absolutely amazing. I started out by printing an image of the Carina Nebula on lustre paper. The image is of “a 50-light-year-wide view of the central region of the Carina Nebula where a maelstrom of star birth – and death – is taking place.” Then I cut out shapes in the paper to form a stencil of an astronaut. I then painted a 4 x 2 ft. piece of wood black with many thin layers of paint so you can still see the wood grain. Then I mounted the image between the wood and a sheet of plexiglass. I also put spacers on the back of the wood so it floats one inch away from the wall. The lustre paper has an almost pearlescent quality which gives off an amazing effect. The plexi makes it quite reflective so it was difficult to take a picture of it without any reflections. Here’s the best I could do in my house.

4 x 2 ft
Materials: Giclée Print, Wood, Acrylic, Plexiglass



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  1. patsy / Jan 21 2011 12:08 am

    dude. that looks amazing.

    • Amy Lucas Photography / Jan 21 2011 12:18 am

      Thanks! It looks absolutely amazing in person. The photo doesn’t do it justice.

  2. Nick Ryan / Jan 21 2011 9:09 am

    Awesome Amy! Great stuff.

  3. G McKeown / Jan 21 2011 10:12 am

    That looks great. I came here via Schuler on Twitter… Do you have a gallery or an exhibit somewhere?

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