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.”
Check out the video below for more on Chris Hadfield’s transformation:
See the story and an exclusive excerpt from Hadfield’s new book in the next issue of Maclean’s, which hits stands Thursday. Watch for it in our iPad edition. It will also appear online early next week.
Toronto readers can also join us November 3 for a special In Conversation with Maclean’s event featuring Chris Hadfield (click the link for more on how to register). We’ll be speaking with Chris Hadfield for the launch of his new book, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth.