Each night when most people see the darkness ushering in the end of the day, J-P Metsavainio sees his day just beginning. J-P is known as an astrophotographer, but if an artist is someone who creates images that convey one’s passion and beauty, then J-P is the truest of artists. He works with a model that is all around us but has seldom been seen as clearly and magnificently as J-P has been able to display it.
From his home in Finland which is about 90 miles from the Polar Circle, J-P has spent many years photographing the universe and capturing images that bring awe and even tears to not only the casual observer of the stars, but scientists and astronomers as well.
In the winter, J-P can be found every clear night collecting data for his work, and in Finland the nights are very long. A self-proclaimed perfectionist, J-P doesn’t want to miss a single clear moment due to software glitches, so he prefers to do everything on his own without the use of automated tools. It makes for many silent and what would appear to be lonely nights (his wife calls herself an “astro-widow”), but J-P sees every moment spent looking at the stars as a moment forming a very personal relationship between him and the images of the universe that he will turn into his own unique art.
Although J-P has been working on his art for over two decades and had produced a book with Queen’s guitarist, Brian May that displays his cosmic photographs in 3-D, it was only earlier this year that the world began to take notice of him.
On March 16, 2021, J-P Metsavainio tweeted out an image that he had spent 12 years creating. It was a panoramic of our galaxy, specifically the space between the Taurus and Cygnus constellations. The image that J-P provided to the world is a mosaic of 234 frames that shows 125 degrees of the sky and 20 million stars. It’s an awe inspiring and one-of-a-kind photo that has been called a “masterpiece” from an astrophysicist, an “herculean project”, and even Chinese media has called it “one of the most spectacular astronomical works you have ever seen.”
Probably the quote that best nails J-P’s effort was from India where it was written, “What have you done in the last 12 years? It could be plenty of things, but nothing as fascinating as this ridiculously, amazing and breathtaking Milky Way galaxy image by a Finnish photographer J-P Metsavainio.”
For a man who has spent more time working on creating his art than making money from it, J-P is a quiet and solitary man who is uncomfortable with his newfound attention. Prior to this, J-P worked with the small revenue he earned from his blog called AstroAnarchy which humbly offers photos of his work to the public, including at one time, even wallet photo prints of his amazing images.
Just as J-P has provided an image of the universe that we’ve never seen, he’s now encountering a world he’s never seen that is eager for his art. His image of the universe comes at a time when artists of all mediums are encountering the opportunities provided by NFTs or non-fungible tokens, and J-P has encountered a wave of enthusiasm for his art to be turned into NFTs.
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