Michael Benson: The art of Otherworlds

22 January 2016

Otherworlds artist Michael Benson explores the 'alchemy' he uses to transform space agency data into true-colour images of our solar system.

Otherworlds: Visions of our Solar System is a retrospective look at the story of planetary exploration - from a 1967 photograph of the moon to an image of Pluto assembled using data from NASA's New Horizons mission in 2015.

Created by artist Michael Benson, the 77 images on display combine art and science to explore the beauty of our solar system.

To create his images, Benson trawls through the archives of NASA and the European Space Agency, searching for 'aesthetic discoveries' in the same data analysed by scientists for their research.

Through a process he compares to the alchemy of a darkroom, the black-and-white source images are transformed into a seamless true-colour photograph - as close as possible to what the human eye would see.