As one would imagine, being able to work with a client as monumental and legendary as NASA is surely a dream come true. A dream that we’re sure many have, but few achieve. Responsible for changing the landscape of humankind through innovation, technology and the sheer power of curiosity, NASA has paved the way to the future of us. So to land anything commissioned by the great organization, one would think that the work needs to be at the cream of the world’s crop; the absolute best from the myriad of talent out there across the globe. One look at photographer Benedict Redgrove’s work and you’re quick to see that his skills fit perfectly the criteria needed for such a job.
I have spent the past seven years on this project with two more before it finishes in the a timely way with the launch of SLS and Orion in 2018.
Benedict’s photo project which he’s aptly dubbed NASA – Past and Present Dreams of the Future has spanned the past seven years, and is still ongoing with an expected finish date of 2018 to coincide with the launch of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion spacecraft. But while the set is yet to be complete, we’re fortunate enough to get a teaser of images posted by Redgrove on his website that showcases what we can expect. And if it’s anything like the selection here, we’re in for something amazing. Shot in his signature style, the images highlight the design and innovation of NASA’s futuristic inventions, cast against a stark white backdrop that serves to enhance the details and form of these magnificent creations.
According to Redgrove, “to me, there is no other organization in the world that is more progressive, more exciting or stands more for the betterment of mankind and peace than NASA.” Fitting sentiments that reflect the approach of his work, that can easily stand the test of time, as well as better mankind in its ability to document our future-leading organization in the most pleasing way. While we wait for the project to complete and launch as an exhibition and photo book, in the meantime, check out the excerpts from the ongoing series throughout, and be sure to check out Benedict Redgrove’s website for more amazing photography.