About 4 months ago, I posted a photo of my 7-hexagon canvas cluster to Reddit’s r/space (on a Sunday, the only day you’re allowed to post your own astro photos to the sub). The title of the post was: “I’m a photographer and print-maker and my passion is the night sky. I made this 7-hexagon canvas cluster in honor of the forthcoming James Webb Telescope. The photo is of the Milky Way over WEBBer Lake, CA.”
The post went viral and was on the top of Reddit for several hours that day. I received a lot of interest in my work, but due to posting links to my website the post was eventually removed due to “Self Promotion”… but not before it had spread far and wide on the Internet.
It eventually made its way to Carl Starr, the Mission Operations Manager for the James Webb Space Telescope — he said his sister sent it to him. He contacted me asking if I’d be willing to make a copy of the piece for the JWST Mission Operations Center, and of course, I agreed.
This month I shipped the piece out to them, and on July 20th I was able to tour the facility in Baltimore, Maryland, with Carl as our tour guide and see the piece on the wall with my own two eyes.
It is one of the great honors of my life to know that my work resides in the presence of the men and women who are responsible for what may prove to be one of humankind’s most important technological achievements.
Thank you to Carl, Carl, Steve, and the rest of the crew for the unforgettable tour, and for letting me be a tiny footnote in the history that you are working daily to create. I hope you enjoy my art for many years to come. I’ll be watching with wonder along with the rest of the world as you continue to push humanity’s collective view of the universe (and our place in it) further than ever before.
Copies of this hexagon cluster are available in a very limited edition here.
About the author: Phil Mosby is a photographer and printmaker based in Lake Tahoe. The opinions in this article are solely those of the author. You can find more of Mosby work on his website, Facebook, and Instagram.