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North Salem Stargazer Opens New Vistas

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - Those who look to the heavens will be delighted to hear about North Salem’s Roman Tytla, who converted his love of astronomy into an artform, one that anyone with an eye for color and form can enjoy.

“When NASA sent spacecraft to Mars in the ‘70s, the pictures were very blurry,” Tytla explained. “But when they sent the Rovers to Mars, starting seven or eight years ago, the pictures they took were extremely high resolution and absolutely stunning.”

Tytla was haunted by the beauty of the photographs and intrigued by the fact that they are in the public domain. “Anyone can go to the website and download them.” But, he thought, “you can’t really appreciate this on a 10-inch computer screen. Wouldn’t it be cool if you blew them up and stuck them on a wall?”

Tytla was as advertising account executive when the notion occurred to him. Eventually, he was determined to follow up and it led to the launching of

“It’s a simple business model,” he explained. “I get the pictures, have them enlarged and custom printed on white vinyl. There’s a light adhesive backing that won’t damage surfaces. And you can move it around.” Sizes range from 1’ x 1’ to 8’ x 4’.

“You can stare at these images for hours and not get tired. Every square inch is the equivalent of 10 light years.”

“When I was a little boy I used to spend summers at my grandparents’ house in the Catskills. That’s where I got to love nature and the sky. It was amazing.”

One of Tytla’s fondest memories is lying on the warm hood of a car as a teenager, gazing up at shooting stars. He did not become an astronomer or a spaceman but went on to study graphic design. He still works at it. When he is not designing or admiring the stars, he writes music.

Where is the best place to stargaze in North Salem? “Around the Hammond or on Baxter Road,” Tytla said. “But the first time I ever saw the Milky Way was when we lost power during Hurricane Irene. It blew me away.”

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