Canada’s most famous astronaut is now a professionally-recognized photographer.
Chris Hadfield has been awarded an honorary Service of Photographic Arts designation by the Professional Photographers of Canada for his shots from space, a vantage point few photographers will ever see, said Jillian Chateauneuf, a PPOC chairwoman, in a news release .
“PPOC members thoroughly enjoyed watching his images as they arrived from space,” she said. “Those images increased our awareness of the beauty of our planet. It was truly a photographer’s delight.”
Once Hadfield had returned to Earth, members of the PPOC began a campaign to honour his work, said Chateauneuf.
Hadfield said he was honoured by the designation, bestowed in recognition of contributions made to photography in Canada.
“I had the incredible honour and privilege of the best tripod that was ever built and that is the International Space Station about 1.2 million feet above the world, with a constantly, endlessly unrolling change of colour and texture and light perpetually underneath me. It was every photographer’s dream,” he said in the release.
“If I have any sort of merit in accepting this award, it is on behalf of all of the photographic instructors that taught me, my dad who bought me my first little 110 instamatic camera, but more importantly the Canadian Space Agency and NASA who put all that equipment up there and who gave me the opportunity to point the lens and try and capture the magic that is our world.”
Main Picture: Chris Hadfield has been awarded an honorary Service of Photographic Arts designation by the Professional Photographers of Canada for his shots from space, like this one of Vancouver.
Photograph by: Chris Hadfield , NASA
Source: Vancouver Sun