Photography helped Hadfield learn Earth’s secrets
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield during an interview with 24 hours newspaper in Burnaby, B.C. on Thursday, May 1, 2014. (CARMINE MARINELLI/24 HOURS)
With a quick stare into the sunlight streaming in the window of a Burnaby Hotel meeting room, retired astronaut Chris Hadfield begins to explain what it was like taking photos of the Earth from space.
“If you had a camera in this room and someone said take a picture of this room, and then they left you in here for two weeks and said take pictures of this room for two weeks, your pictures by the end of the two weeks would look way different,” Hadfield said.
“You’d get to know the room so well and you’d get to know the sun angles. You’d evolve, your understanding of the room and the photographic expression of it.”
Hadfield spent five months in the international space station and has orbited the planet 2,600 times.
After giving his address at the annual roundtable of the BC Safety Charter, he told 24 hours how the experience helped him hone his photography skills.
Though the room in the Burnaby hotel is miles away from where Hadfield’s studio orbited, he said the same principles apply.
“You get to know where to look in the world at what time of day, and season and the sun glint and angles and stuff. It’s like the world is showing you its secrets.”
Hadfield will be compiling some of the 45,000 photos he has taken of the planet in space for his next book, You Are Here, an annotated photo book.
He said he hopes the book will be helpful in encouraging people to think about the whole world, not just their small part of it.