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Chris Hadfield is Aladdin Sane for Maclean’s

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on October 06, 2013

 

“And the stars look very different today”

 

If you’re unaware of Commander Chris Hadfield’s cover of a popular David Bowie tune recreated for a tweeted video while orbiting the blue planet, you must have just returned from space.

Aside from Hadfield’s recent earthbound live performances of Space Oddity, Canadian magazine, Maclean’s, has now followed up the musical adventure on board the International Space Station with a delightful makeover of the popular spaceboy in a remake of the Aladdin Sane sleeve.

Photographer Christopher Wahl explains Hadfield’s willingness to imitate the iconic 1973 album cover...

 

“He went full-bore with it. I explained we needed bare shoulders as opposed to the collared shirt he was wearing, so he happily took it off,” says Wahl, who ensured the lighting during the shoot also matched Bowie’s album perfectly. “He was fully participating—it was awesome. I was on a portrait high for a day and a half afterward.”

 

Watch a behind-the-scenes video of Wahl’s photo session on the Maclean’s site

You can also read about the making of the Space Oddity video and read an exclusive excerpt from Hadfield’s new book in the October 14th issue of Maclean’s, which is out now.

On November 3rd, Toronto readers can also attend a special In Conversation with Maclean’s event. Maclean’s will be speaking with Chris Hadfield for the launch of his new book, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth.

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    6 October 2013
    Chris Hadfield is Aladdin Sane for Maclean’s

     

    “And the stars look very different today”

     

    If you’re unaware of Commander Chris Hadfield’s cover of a popular David Bowie tune recreated for a tweeted video while orbiting the blue planet, you must have just returned from space.

    Aside from Hadfield’s recent earthbound live performances of Space Oddity, Canadian magazine, Maclean’s, has now followed up the musical adventure on board the International Space Station with a delightful makeover of the popular spaceboy in a remake of the Aladdin Sane sleeve.

    Photographer Christopher Wahl explains Hadfield’s willingness to imitate the iconic 1973 album cover...

     

    “He went full-bore with it. I explained we needed bare shoulders as opposed to the collared shirt he was wearing, so he happily took it off,” says Wahl, who ensured the lighting during the shoot also matched Bowie’s album perfectly. “He was fully participating—it was awesome. I was on a portrait high for a day and a half afterward.”

     

    Watch a behind-the-scenes video of Wahl’s photo session on the Maclean’s site

    You can also read about the making of the Space Oddity video and read an exclusive excerpt from Hadfield’s new book in the October 14th issue of Maclean’s, which is out now.

    On November 3rd, Toronto readers can also attend a special In Conversation with Maclean’s event. Maclean’s will be speaking with Chris Hadfield for the launch of his new book, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth.