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Everyday Astronaut – An Interview with Photographer Tim Dodd

I first encountered Tim Dodd on Facebook; we are both members of the Space Hipsters group.  I posted an old add for Tang. Tim posted this photo!

Everyday Astronaut - Tim Dodd

Upon seeing this surreal and witty  photo, I knew I had to interview this man.

Here’s a little bit about Tim Dodd: he is a professional photographer based out of Iowa. He mostly shoot events and commercial work, but he has also shot four launches for spaceflightnow.com including the Orion Test flight, EFT-1 in 2014. His work has been featured on Buzzfeed, Reddit, TECH Insider, Flickr’s artist of the week, as well as several international publications

Your photography first came to may attention via Facebook and that led me to Everyday Astronaut.  Where did the idea for Everyday Astronaut come from?

In 2013 I randomly bought a spacesuit online, well technically a Russian high altitude flight suit, and a few months later began shooting a series I titled “Everyday Astronaut.” The first pictures I took were at an ISS resupply launch at Kennedy Space Center that I was trying to catch in April 2014. I took a few pictures around the visitors center and had awesome reactions to it from my friends and family. Then I started shooting more “everyday” rudimentary moments and that’s when the series started.

Do you think of Everyday Astronaut as its own entity or is it related to your other photography work in some way?

Everyday Astronaut is definitely its own thing although it’s a creative outlet for me and a portfolio piece, it’s always viewed as its own project outside of my typical professional work. However it does combine two of my loves, space and photography, so there’s that. 🙂

Which came first, your interest in photography or aerospace?

I’ve actually been into aerospace since I was a very young child, but I didn’t follow it very much for 20 years or so. It wasn’t until about 2012 that I really began to obsess over spaceflight. So it did precede my love for photography but photography had been a more mature passion.

There’s a header on your website, “Helping add A (art) to STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education.” Why do you think that’s so important?

I feel like art inspires science and science inspires art. I think it’s an eco system that plays off each other. For me, as a three-time college drop out who can never make it through the academic world, I have always had art to express myself. I don’t want people to think just because they don’t have a STEM degree doesn’t mean they can’t participate in those fields. I think at the end of the day it takes creative thinking and often a certain amount of art to even begin to dream big.

Tell me about the awesome suit and helmet?

I found the suit on a website called rrauction.com. It’s of unknown age, most likely from the 80’s or 90’s and most likely a naval fighter pilot suit from Russia. It’s gotten plenty beat up since I’ve owned it as it’s been dragged across the United States a few times and come with me to nine countries so far.

Make sure to follow @Everyday Astronaut on Instagram.

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Tourist Eyes – Jeff Stein, AIA

I recently emailed an update on A Life’s Work to Jeff Stein, AIA, president of the Cosanti Foundation.

Part of his reply was the following —

PS: I gave a presentation at a recent AIA/American Institute of Architects convention in Santa Fe. I rode my motorcycle there Thursday, talk and panel discussion Friday and Saturday, back to Arcosanti on Sunday. On the return trip I dodged storms to the south until in the late afternoon I turned off Interstate 17 onto the Arcosanti road, and here was the view: a double rainbow.

and this image —

Photo by Jeff Stein
Photo by Jeff Stein, AIA


Thanks for sharing, Jeff, and allowing me to post it here. Hope to see you in April.

Related: Six Questions for Jeff Stein

Tourist Eyes – William W. Heffner

William W. Heffner, friend and A Life’s Work’s secret weapon (many of the links and photos on the ALW Facebook page are posted by Bill) sent me some photos he took with his tourist eyes.

Bill writes:

On a warm summer night leisurely walking home I came across this tableau and it just struck me to be part Greek tragedy, part Peter Paul Rubens, with a whole lot of Twilight Zone thrown in for good measure.  I just took them on my phone, and at first glance you’d never know they were color photographs — only a neon sign in some of them betrays that. This window is the complete opposite of what we expect:  color, fashion, something new and exciting.

I love these photos. In addition to Peter paul Rubens and the Twilight Zone, they remind me of a Roxy Music cover (or several), and to me, that’s a winning combination.

Thanks, Bill.

Send me a photo of something in the place you live, taken with your tourist eyes, and I’ll put it on the blog [if you want], and I’ll send you an origami crane. You can attach it to an email:
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Tourist Eyes – Christine Lofgren

Christine Lofgren, she who planted a Bristlecone Pine tree, writes:
Thanks for your post and for planting the seed in my head about using our “tourist eyes.” Growing up as an Army brat and then continuing to move around once I was out on my own, I was lucky in that I was never in any place long enough to grow complacent about the locale.
Washington, NH..  I remember many times up there in the fall when you’d see ten out-of-state cars for every one with NH plates.  People came from all over to see the fall foliage, and while that was annoying in some ways, I fortunately didn’t live in NH long enough to lose my tourist eyes; I understood why those tourists were there.
New Hampshire Fence by Christine Lofgren
New Hampshire Fence by Christine Lofgren

Tourist Eyes – Jamie Newton

Artist and friend Jamie Newton writes:

You asked for it.
Here’s a shot from Portland’s Japanese Garden. It’s a really wonderful garden, less ostentatious than it’s neighbor the Rose Garden. Both are big tourist attractors.
This is one of the doorways. I had a much more ‘touristy’ and kitschy shot ready to send you and just couldn’t bring myself to attach it. Photographs never seem quite the right response to this garden and yet I continue to take them (fewer, though, I’ve noticed, as time goes along – maybe I’m becoming less of a tourist there).
Photograph by Jamie Newton.
Photograph by Jamie Newton.

Tourist Eyes – Sai Nakama

Sai Nakama, friend, recent college graduate, photography and aviation enthusiast, sent me a couple of photographs he took of his everyday surroundings using his tourist eyes. Sai, a reserved young gentleman, writes of the photos:

One is of Bryant Park taken about 2 days ago, the other is of one of those subway ventilation grates taken a while ago (somewhere in Brooklyn). 

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Sai is off to Mt. Rainier National Park where he will be a Vegetation Restoration Intern for the summer. Seems like a job right up A Life’s Work’s alley. Maybe he’ll write something about his work for the blog sometime. (Hint, hint!)

Good luck, Sai! 

Tourist Eyes – Andy Bowley

Andy Bowley, cinematographer for much of A Life’s Work, heeded the call I sent out last post and emailed me this photograph.

Andy writes: This was taken in the neighborhood where I live part time. It is certainly a tourist destination (the architecture is a big draw) but it’s rare that I take the time to look through a lens at any of it.


For his efforts, Andy will receive an origami crane, made with my own two little hands.

I’d love to post more photos, especially one taken by YOU! (You take good photos with that phone of yours, I’ve seen them on FB.) If you’d like to see it published on this blog (and be the envy of your friends because of the origami crane I’ll send you), just attach it to an email.

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