Photographer and filmmaker Andrew Studer recently made a purchase that, up until recently, he never imagined himself making. On eBay, of all places, Studer made a bid on a complete space suit, in surprisingly great condition. The purchase wasn’t random, however, as Studer had envisioned the photos he would wind up taking for quite a while.
On his website, Studer describes that there is a very deep and meaningful reason behind the photo series and short film.
My intention with ‘Space to Roam’ was not to necessarily focus on the astronaut, but rather to showcase the otherworldly scenery found in Southwestern America’s public lands in hopes of protecting them.
Just a couple days ago, an ex oil & gas lobbyist was appointed to lead the US Interior Department…a huge threat to America’s public lands. I strongly feel like we need to preserve them for future generations to experience.
While Studer has chosen not to disclose the locations used in the production with ‘astronaut’ Kyle Hague, delicate landscapes like this are sprinkled in the American Southwest, which makes Studer’s mission for trying to help preserve them an important one. With the recent downsizing of Bear’s Ears National Monument, there is no more crucial time to speak up about the importance of your public lands then now.