NASA // Past and Present Dreams of the Future
As we mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, it is all too easy for us to forget how much energy, effort, and enthusiasm went into the NASA missions prior to the Apollo program and those that came after. From Mercury and Gemini to the Space Shuttle and beyond, the women and men of NASA have toiled tirelessly to push the boundaries of aerospace, science, and exploration.
To pay homage to the people of NASA and their accomplishments, photographer Benedict Redgrove launched The NASA Project. He spent five years negotiating for access to some of NASA’s most restricted areas and facilities to photograph objects rarely seen by the outside world.
After earning NASA’s trust, Redgrove spent four years photographing some of space exploration’s most iconic objects including the Mercury Faith 7 capsule, the Saturn V engines, the Apollo 11 capsule, the Space Shuttle, and much more.
Redgrove 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.
The result of his efforts are extraordinary and the images are stark, yet rich and immersive. The output of the project, “NASA // Past and Present Dreams of the Future,” is both an experiential exhibition and a book.
“Benedict’s NASA images are some of the most awe inspiring, finely produced images I’ve had the pleasure of working with. The file quality, the lighting and attention to detail is second to none. You can feel his deep passion for NASA and Space come through in every shot – a true labour of love.”
– Andrew Diprose, Creative Director, WIRED (UK)
For more information, you can visit: http://www.the-nasa-project.com/