When it was first broadcast 48 years ago this week, Star Trek (like everything else) was shown in the 4 x 3 aspect ratio - but enterprising artist Nick Acosta has recreated a selection of panning shots from the series as widescreen images, and it looks rather lovely.

Done by stitching together screenshots from the Blu-ray remasters of the Original Series, the images almost have a panorama effect to them. There's definitely echoes of Cinerama (a widescreen display format popularised in the 50's and 60's, where 3 strips of film were played simultaneously across a curved screen to blend them together, creating the single, wider image) to too, as Acosta intended, but at times the effect also makes the series look incredibly dramatic - and surprisingly modern, despite being almost 50 years old.

You even get some pretty artsy shot like this one depicting Kirk's infamous tussle with the Gorn in Arena:

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'Kirk in Triplicate' sounds like it should be on display in an art gallery somewhere.

You can see plenty more shots over at Acosta's website Cargo Collective, linked below.

[Cargo Collective]


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