Landscape photographer Andrew Studer shows us our planet in a new otherworldly light.
Oregon-based landscape photographer Andrew Studer has found a way to send us to space without the need of a rocket.
In his latest photo series, Space to Roam, Studer shows off the otherworldly beauty of the American Southwest with the help of an 'astronaut' explorer. We spoke to him about his stunning new project.
What was the inspiration for Space to Roam?
I’ve been fortunate enough to be doing photography and video full time for the past four years, but my love for capturing nature and the beautiful world we live in has been a strong passion of mine since I was in high school in 2012.
Space to Roam is a photo and video project inspired by all the dramatic and dynamic landscapes of the American Southwest. After several visits to the desert, I began to have an immense appreciation for all the unique places that made me feel like I was visiting an alien planet.
I wanted to produce something that directly conveyed how I felt about being in these ‘otherworldly’ locations so I purchased an astronaut suit that I found online and went out to the American Southwest for a couple days with my good friend, and ‘astronaut’, Kyle Hague.
How did you come up with the concept?
I’ve always been fascinated with the concept of creating visuals on other planets. I like to think that in the future, people like me will be on other planets creating imagery of completely new worlds. While it’s unlikely I’ll ever be able to experience this first-hand, landscapes that appear to be from another planet do in fact exist here on Earth.
What is the significance of the space man?
My intentions with Space to Roam weren’t necessarily to focus on the astronaut, but rather the unique formations, patterns and textures of the unique landscapes we visited. While the space man is a subject in the film, he’s really just a way to draw a connection for the viewer and help them realise these unique and seemingly otherworldly places do in fact exist here on Earth.
Do you have any plans for a follow-up series?
I’m hoping that this is just the first of many new editions of Space To Roam. I feel like there are so many other incredible locations around the world that align perfectly with the ‘otherworldly’ theme. I sincerely hope that viewers of my project have a new sense of admiration and respect for the wonderful earth we live in and that they are inspired to help protect it.
Featured image by Andrew Studer