Just for reference:
The Edward Weston image and the according Wikipedia article
"Nautilus" (1927) by Edward Weston
I like Russ' interpretation.
It does not have the classic modernistic and symmetric aspect, like the Weston shot,
but what I really appreciate, apart from the nice tones and stuff is the notion
of the "thing" floating in and through the black (outer ?) space, slowly and peacefully,
like a completely different beast in one of the "Star Trek" Episodes.
It could use even more black empty (negative ..) space around it and be put in the lower left corner,
to depict movement into the direction of the opening and the light..
Photoshopping stars in would possibly move it into the realm of kitsch (not sure about that - would be worth a collage experiment),
with just the black emptiness around it its a strong and compelling image.
Great shot, Russ !
Nits: There is some dirt in the black you might want to clean up ...