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Behind the scenes on our Bowie-inspired Chris Hadfield cover

Why we gave the astronaut the rock-star treatment


 

After Chris Hadfield’s command of the International Space Station made him a global celebrity, Maclean’s thought it was only appropriate to give the astronaut the rock-star treatment during our recent cover photo shoot.

Taking inspiration from Hadfield’s world-uniting rendition of David Bowie’s Space Oddity, photographer Christopher Wahl asked the astronaut to replicate Bowie’s famed image from the cover of his Aladdin Sane album.

“He went full-bore with it. I explained we needed bare shoulders as opposed to the collared shirt he was wearing, so he happily took it off,” says Wahl, who ensured the lighting during the shoot also matched Bowie’s album perfectly. “He was fully participating—it was awesome. I was on a portrait high for a day and a half afterward.”

Related reading

Good Morning Earth: The inside story of Canada’s first space station commander
A photo tour of NASA with Chris Hadfield
An interactive exploration of the Hadfield universe


 
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