Our World by Starlight astro landscapes by Barry Norris
“Our World by Starlight” is a show of new work by Taos photographer Barry Norris. This body of work is a passionate revelation of the beauty of the night sky and its subtle interplay with the landscape.
"Our World by Starlight” will celebrate its opening with a reception Saturday, December 2 from 4 - 6 pm at Barry Norris Studio, 1205 Cisneros Road in El Prado. The public is invited free of charge.
In a recent collaboration, Barry created a series of starlit portraits with Taos Pueblo artist Jeralyn Lujan Lucero, aka Gathering Flowers. “Gathering Flowers on Southside Bridge, Taos Pueblo” is one of these portraits. Astro landscapes from other locations in northern New Mexico, Wyoming and southern Mexico are included in the show.
Barry’s fascination with and love for night time photography began in the 70s taking photos by moonlight. At that time, prior to the advent of digital, photographs of the night sky were only possible with tracking telescopes which eliminated the possibility of including the landscape. Photographs by moonlight captured subtle portions of the landscape but not the stars above.
Astro landscape photography, capturing both the starlit sky and the landscape below it, is now possible because of advances in digital technology. It usually requires a late night appointment with the stars in the dark of the moon, although sometimes, such as during a total eclipse, the daytime sky becomes a palette that replicates the night.
Barry is the owner and operator of Barry Norris Studio which is a direct digital capture and archival reproduction studio for artists located at 1205 Cisneros Road, El Prado. His business opened in 2001 out of his home in San Cristobal and in 2005 he moved the printers and computers to the El Prado studio, where it has been ever since. Barry’s photography is in private collections worldwide. He has exhibited in New York City, Los Angeles, Austin, Santa Barbara, Santa Fe, Tres Piedras, Taos, San Antonio and Boerne, TX, Mexico City and San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas.