Artist Breathes Life into NASA Images

phoenix photoshopped in night sky
Chris Keegan: Phoenix

At some point in your life, you’ve probably looked up at the clouds and picked out odd shapes and even animals. Everywhere we look, nature always has a way of stirring up creative minds which in turn, produces interesting images and illustrations, like this photo of a unicorn taken from the window seat of an airplane. Whether it’s a figment of your imagination or not, a lot of people, especially kids, find it interesting to trace shapes from seemingly random points or lines. Illustrator Chris Keegan is one of them, and he has taken finding shapes in the sky to another level by Photoshopping NASA’s photos of deep space nebulae to create this inspired set of images entitled Celestial Artworks.

night sky photoshopped into black body
Chris Keegan: Black Body

I know some people see these shapes when they look up at the sky every single night, but Keegan has taken the powerful hallucinogens (cough, shrooms, cough) out of the equation for us so that we can still enjoy these otherworldly images without the harmful substances. The result is quite trippy, but beautiful all the same.

If you had even the slightest idea of how vast our galaxy is (not even the whole universe), you’d know that this is one heck of a dolphin. “In one picture you can see thousands of stars and the idea of having a person or a bird taking up that sort of size was quite unusual,” he says.

seal photoshopped into night sky
Chris Keegan: Star Seal
photoshopped image of magellanic cloud
Chris Keegan: Magellanic Cloud

View the full set of images here.

It’s always amazing to see what humans have yet to uncover: millions of miles away, there could be a planet just like ours waiting to be discovered. Who knows, maybe we’ll connect with them in the near future. Then again, maybe not. Until something significant happens with our ‘neighbors’, all we have are these pictures taken by NASA at the Chandra X-ray Observatory, which is part of NASA’s fleet of “Great Observatories” along with the Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitizer Space Telescope and the now deorbited Compton Gamma Ray Observatory.

Click here to visit Keegan’s website to see more of his work.

Patricia Ramos

Patricia Ramos

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I'm talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.