Photographer Navid Baraty has been creating some stunning and hyper-realistic images of space, using items that most of us have in our kitchens right now. His collection called “WANDER” follows an imaginary space probe as it explores a galaxy that exists completely in Barty’s imagination.


Planet with moons: made from water, cream, coconut milk, food coloring, salt, cinnamon, baking powder, tums


He pulled this effect off by taking spices, powders, glasses of liquid and food colorings and placing them onto a scanner. He started by using salt and flour to replicate stars and he used glasses of liquid for the planets, using light photoshop to darken the empty space. By manipulating these household items and scanning them over a sheet of glass, he recreated the cosmos and the resulting images look incredibly convincing.

Baraty drew his inspiration for this project” from NASA images of deep space exploration that they post regularly on their website.

“I’m a really big space geek,” Baraty said in a recent story by NPR’s The Salt. “I’ll look at NASA images or Hubble images to see how things were placed in the sky, and I try to make things as realistic as possible.”


Globular cluster:  Made from baking soda, salt, sugar, curry powder, cinnamon

Globular cluster:
Made from baking soda, salt, sugar, curry powder, cinnamon


Supercluster: Made from flour, sugar, salt, olive oil, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, curry, garlic powder, water


Ghostly anomaly: Made from butter, food coloring, salt


Icy planet: Made from cream, water, food coloring, silica gel, sugar, cinnamon, cumin


Nebula: Made from makeup, olive oil, chalk, baby powder, salt, water


Globular cluster: Made from baking soda, salt, sugar, curry powder, cinnamon


Distant galaxy: Made from olive oil, sesame oil, water, cumin, cinnamon, flour


Deep space: Made from cream, coconut milk, water, food coloring


Black hole: Made from coffee, salt, sugar, corn starch, cinnamon


Earth-like planet: Made from water, cream, food coloring, salt, cinnamon, baking powder


Nebula with gas streams: Made from cat fur, garlic powder, salt, flour, cumin, turmeric


Aside from his space oriented work, Navid Baraty is also well known for his traditional photography. Check out more of his work here on his site.

All images © Navid Baraty