Christopher Wahl Shoots a Bowie-Inspired Cover of Chris Hadfield
This behind the scenes video hit three for three on elements that I love. Christopher Wahl’s portraits, David Bowie’s weirdness, and musical astronaut Chris Hadfield. The latter being the first astronaut we’ve truly celebrated since Neil Armstrong. I wish I could say that this video offers some tremendous insight into how the image was produced, but it doesn’t. What it does offer is a perspective on differing styles and what happens when a solid photographer goes to emulate another.
I love that Wahl not only has a great reason for the emulation, but opts to shoot the concept his way as well. He shows us how he sees the scene before he dives into paying tribute to an iconic image. I’ve always thought that one of the easiest ways to learn is by trying to recreate images you admire. However, the piece of that which I believe most people overlook is that of making it your own once you understand the method.
It’s easy enough to emulate someone, it’s a whole other ballgame when you try to add your voice to it.