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Clever Photo Series Imagines the Everyday Life of an Earthbound Astronaut

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Say you’re a space enthusiast; and say you find yourself bidding on an old Russian high altitude spacesuit; and then, say you win that auction. What would you, as a skilled photographer with a brand new, awesome prop on hand, do with it?

We can’t speak for you, but we can show you what photographer Tim Dodd did, and it’s just plain fun.

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Dodd got his high altitude Russian spacesuit back in November of 2013 when he found himself as the sole bidder for the item on the auction site RRauction.

“Since then, I’d been scheming how to best use the suit,” he writes on his blog. “I have been revisiting my childhood love for space and my obsession was growing stronger and stronger. It was only natural to use this suit to project the inner child in me, still dreaming about space.”

And that’s exactly what he did, creating a series called “A day in the life of Everyday Astronaut,” the first installment of which was released earlier this week:

Good morning world!

Good morning world!

Decisions, decisions

Decisions, decisions

Always brush your teeth!

Always brush your teeth!

Boldly going where no astronaut has gone before

Boldly going where no astronaut has gone before

I’m super depressed Chris Hadfield was named TIME’s “Astronaut of the Year”

I’m super depressed Chris Hadfield was named TIME’s “Astronaut of the Year”

It just isn’t the same

It just isn’t the same

Time to mow!

Time to mow!

Did a little grocery shopping.

Did a little grocery shopping.

I always order my ice cream à la space

I always order my ice cream à la space

Out for a walk with my dog Laika

Out for a walk with my dog Laika

Did some research at the library

Did some research at the library

Testing out my solid rocket boosters

Testing out my solid rocket boosters

Houston, we have a problem

Houston, we have a problem

Playing with my Zero-G simulator

Playing with my Zero-G simulator

Watching my favorite movie

Watching my favorite movie

Goodnight world

Goodnight world

The photos are wickedly clever, and made all the more funny by the captions that Dodd wrote himself. The photo of Dodd on the playground spaceship, for example, is even better when it’s captioned by this sad, Earthbound astronaut who laments that “it just isn’t the same.”

And the best part? The series isn’t over. You can keep up with this astronaut’s ongoing day-to-day adventures by either following Dodd on Instagram, or heading over to his blog.

(via Lost at E Minor)


Image credits: Photographs by Tim Dodd and used with permission


 
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  • Andy Austin

    This is….genius.

  • Jeremy Madore

    Very original and imaginative. I enjoy this work!!

  • C Schel

    Great stuff. Tim, your work rocks

  • Daniel jester

    If only it WERE original. Google Hunter Freeman.

  • Jeremy Madore

    Oh, you’re right! Because dressing up as an astronaut is a category by itself and therefor cannot produce something original.

    But seriously… Tim’s photography has a completely different feel, he uses a totally opposite editing style and it doesn’t feel commercial like Hunter’s does.

    Sigh. Every idea has already been done…

  • Monte Morgan

    Even your Hater message you are posting here Daniel Jester is not Original. don’t be a know it all Troll!

  • Daniel jester

    The point is: It’s not an original idea, and not even as well executed. Hunter’s work is art, this is kitsch

  • effingguy

    What if I told you this series wasn’t meant to be slapstick silly or even a visual art tour of this astronaut? What if I told you the entire thing was a tribute to space history. There isn’t just an astronaut pointlessly holding a sign to go to Houston (Which why would he do that when rockets take off at KSC in Florida).

    For instance the waking up photograph includes the time 6:07, the last wake up alarm from the last space shuttle mission, STS 135 and mirrors the last with the first EKG of the first American in space.

    The second image includes 7 suits, the typical amount of passengers in a space shuttle, the newspaper is the headline of Yuri’s flight.

    Even the pointless laundry image is still loaded. The caption “boldly going where no astronaut has gone before” is because they’ve never actually done laundry in space. The best they’ve done is recycled it, but not re-used it. The first person to have recycled his laundry is the astronaut on the wall, Don Pettit, who used his underwear to grow basil and tomato plants.

    You’re right, it isn’t an original idea to take pictures of an astronaut on earth. But I do have to argue with you about it not being well executed. Especially since they were self portraits.

    Source: The long long thread on reddit.

  • http://www.bobcooleyphoto.com/ bob cooley

    It’s been done many time before. Hunter Freeman wasn’t the first. Should we all stop shooting portraits because someone else did it first?

  • Thomas Kryton

    Pure funny and imaginative. Really well shot and conceived.

  • Daniel jester

    I don’t think that we should never retread something. I just love Hunter’s work and think it deserves to be recognized. Tim Dodd’s work isn’t for me, so maybe I’m biased but it feels like it’s being presented here as something original, and it’s not.

  • Jason

    Well, I’ve looked at the Hunter Thompson photos, and obviously these, and I prefer the ones on this page. They contain more emotion, and I have to say, the titles are great. Laika (the name of one of the first dogs in space it appears) seems to be enjoying himself/herself.

  • http://www.bobcooleyphoto.com/ bob cooley

    But again, this has been many time – Neil Dacotsa did it, Clint Spaulding (NY Magazine), Axe (cosmetics) did an ad campaign like this – just to name a couple of them – I’ve seen others.

    If you suddenly had access to a spacesuit, wouldn’t you shoot the hell out of it?

    There is a lot of great subtext to these images as well, if you know anything about the history of NASA.

  • superduckz

    I took a sunset picture when I was a kid and boy have I been po’d since! I’m SURE MINE WAS THE FIRST! Stop COPYING ME WORLD!!! pftt..

  • http://www.bobcooleyphoto.com/ bob cooley

    I dunno man, I’m pretty old – I may have beat you to it ;)

  • Octavian Todirut

    I love both Hunter and Tim interpretation of the same concept.
    I do not agree that Hunter is commercial but Tim is. He uses heavy editing, some of the photos are too much photoshopped. The one with him ironing, the frame on the wall and the way it casts shadow, if you are a heavy Photoshop user you just know it.

    This is just a small argument towards your statement but overall i love both interpretations and cherish the fact that same idea can be seen from so different points of view.

  • Octavian Todirut

    The idea is not original but the interpretation is. If we should go with your premise then most of the art would be inexistent. Which one is better it is a useless talk at some extent.

    I love more what Hunter Freeman did but it is just because i have certain preferences. Overall both directions tell the story in a beautiful way.

  • Timothy Jace

    nice… funnie!

  • Eden Wong

    Great interpretation. Funny stuff that’s nicely done.

  • bbear

    Okay, that makes the images even cooler! Very good series.

    Although was that Tim Dodd that we saw at Lake Silencio?

  • Omar Salgado

    For a moment I read Leica…