If you’ve ever been lucky enough to travel to some of the truly dark places still left in the world, you’ll have seen the Milky Way stretched out across the sky like a liquid river of stars. If you haven’t, then Denis Frantsouzov’s video from the wilds of Kazakhstan is the next best thing.
Moscow-based photographer Frantsouzov captured the images of the Milky Way — plus more beautifully desolate scenery than it is almost possible to imagine — in May during a two week sojourn on western Kazakhstan’s Mangyshlak Peninsula.
Equipment was a Canon 5DM3 with 16-35mm lens and a Canon 5DM2 with a 24mm lens. Frantsouzov has titled the results Amazing Kazakhstan and it’s hard to argue with him.
Lower the blinds, turn up the volume, and we’ll leave you with a bit of Shelley:
"I love all waste
and solitary places; where we taste
the pleasure of believing what we see.
Is boundless, as we wish our souls to be."
With thanks to Peta Pixel for the tip-off.