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.

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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

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

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Ghostly anomaly: Made from butter, food coloring, salt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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