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August 9, 2016 AT 2:00 pm

Photographer Captures the Milky Way Mirrored on Earth at the World’s Largest Salt Flat #ArtTuesday

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Stunning work from Russian photographer David Kordan up on My Modern Met.

Kordan planned a month-long road trip to observe the stars and shoot astrophotography, which was easier said than done. The high elevation (4,000 to 5,000 meters above sea level) meant that he needed at least five days to acclimate to the change. Kordan then spent the following two weeks in the Altiplano of Bolivia, but he still faced challenges. “Of course, it’s hard to move and hard to breath,” he explains. “But due to proper planning, we were safe and healthy.”

The adjustment period was worth it for the awe-inspiring sights, which Kordan describes as “space on Earth.” At night, he couldn’t see anything—he could just feel the car trudging through water and salt. He recalls: “It seemed that we floated in open space. Our spaceship is parked in a distance, and stars are blinking with blue, red and yellow colors. You stand in the deep night with stars above you, aside from you and underneath!”

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