New book: NASA // PAST AND PRESENT DREAMS OF THE FUTURE
Hi Book Talk community
Writing to let you know about my new photography NASA // PAST AND PRESENT DREAMS OF THE FUTURE.
Nine years in the making. Over 200 images of space exploration’s most iconic objects, as you’ve never seen them before. One man’s lifetime obsession with space and the achievements of NASA.
NASA: Past and Present Dreams of the Future, is an art project comprising of an experiential exhibition and book from British photographer Benedict Redgrove. With unprecedented access to NASA’s spacecraft, labs and facilities Redgrove has created a unique and powerful tribute to the pioneers of space exploration.
“...it is some of the most incredible imagery you’ll ever find of the NASA space program. “
“Benedict has created something that will forever be referred back to when people look at the history of space exploration.” -
Simon Phillipson - Author Of APOLLO VII – XVII
The collection of ultra-high definition, original images are now taking form through the world of art and design.
For Redgrove, it’s about showing the emotional impact of these objects. “I wanted to explore the reaction we have to these machines and objects when we see them in fine detail,” he says, “and what they mean to us as human beings.”
“The image of the astronaut, or spaceman has been with me ever since, as a sort of talisman to all that is great and good. They symbolise the explorer, the hero, the good character, the leader. The spacesuit takes on that character, the suit and the human become one entity, more powerful than either on their own. It’s now a symbol in its own right, and it’s become greater than the sum of its parts. It has reached an iconic stature that few objects can match. These objects have come to signify the greatest of human achievements.” Redgrove spent five years negotiating and trust-building with NASA followed by four years of photography and production while holding down his day job. It paid off, and he gained access to some of NASA’s most restricted areas and facilities allowing him to photograph objects rarely seen by the outside world. He went inside the Lunar Samples Lab to photograph the priceless moon rocks collected on the Apollo missions, watched the sun set behind the International Space Station from the mission control room and entered the assembly rooms where the next generation of spacecraft are being built.
But it was his encounter with Atlantis, the last shuttle to fly, that left him feeling the full power of these objects. “I watched the launch of the first shuttle mission in 1981, when I was 11, and that started my obsession with space and NASA. Seeing Atlantis was like meeting your childhood hero, but better. I felt like I was having a religious experience.”
The result is a collection of intimate, finely-detailed images that allow the objects to tell their own story. Shot using digital backs on technical cameras, some are made up from over 60 exposures to capture incredible detail. The images are then painstakingly re- touched to remove them from their backgrounds, allowing them to be viewed without distraction.
Redgrove recently launched part of the project on famous crowdfunding site Kickstarter, enabling him to self-publish a book that feels true and honest to the dream he set out to achieve. A large format (11.6inches x 14.7inches), 300-page photographic book accompanied by limited edition prints and gallery sized pieces
of artwork were unveiled to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. Within 48 hours the project was well on its way to success with over 40% of its target met by backers from all over the world. As well as gaining notoriety from Kickstarter HQ as one of their celebrated “project we love”, the book received 5 star ratings and coverage from the likes of Dezeen, WIRED UK, The Times, Creative Review, Design BOOM, GQ Korea, Hypebeast and many more.
The exhibition is due to go on display in London late 2019, details to follow.
Find the project herehttp://www.the-nasa-project.com
And support the book here kickstarter.com/projects/the-nasa-proje ... the-future
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE PROJECT, love to here your thoughts in the comments.