Assignment: On Top of the World

The WM Keck Observatory is respected by leading astronomers and scholars world wide. Situated on the summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii, the twin 10 meter telescopes gather data that is transmitted to the Remote Operations at Headquarters in Waimea. Scientists then interpret and distribute their newest findings about the workings and origins of the universe.

The Challenge: Make inspirational photographic images of the people and facilities at Keck that will motivate others to become involved within the community and inspire financial contributions.

The Solution: As a repeat client, I was familiar with Keck’s facility and many of the staff. I could already imagine how to utilize props, people and light to make fresh images. I worked at Headquarters and at the Observatory on the Summit with strobe lights and my Canon 1Ds Mark III wirelessly tethered to my PowerBook. I proceeded to build lighting patterns and place subjects to create imaginative, compelling images.

The Result: Fresh Annual Report images that have personality and graphic appeal, complimenting Keck’s slogan: Let the Universe Inspire You.

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