13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Altered Images
Monet's Dream

Pillars of Creation is a photograph of the interstellar gas and dust in the Eagle Nebula some 7,000 light years from Earth. It is a place where stars are born and simultaneously eroding by the light of nearby stars. Almost every element of earth was formed at the heart of a star. Our bodies are remnants from the bursting of these beautiful crystals of light. Javiera Estrada’s fascination and study of astrology, metaphysics and quantum physics has been influential in her life and her creative process. Her new work, “Pillars of Creation” is an exploration of consciousness and the ever expanding world of the universe within. Magical worlds are created through the explosions of ink in water. Through the negative space, vibrant textures emerge organically. Similar to life, each image is a mystery unfolding, only to be revealed in the present moment. “Like the empty space in the galaxy, I’ve been dying and rebirthing out of darkness into the light of new beginnings”.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 03.2015
Date Uploaded: 09.2015
Photo Location: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Copyright: © javiera estrada