2018 Sony Photography Awards

How one photographer's dream of being an astronaut led to this stunning image

A fascination with the universe has taken photographer Jack Yong from space science facilities throughout Malaysia all the way to the 2018 Sony Photography Awards, where his image, "Space Project 2088", has been shortlisted

April 20, 2018
How one photographer's dream of being an astronaut led to this stunning image
Space Project 2088 by Jack Yong / 2018 Sony Photography Awards

Tell us about the photo and what it represents to you…
The photo was taken in a large facility where machines were operating within their specific halls. This machine is called the Thermal Vacuum Test Chamber. Prototype satellites are placed inside and exposed to extreme high and low temperatures to simulate the extreme temperature differences and vacuum condition experienced in low-gravity. This photo represents our ever-growing role in the discovery of new theories and knowledge to better understand the universe… Science and technology is a platform of endless possibilities, just like space.

Why did you choose to home in on space for this series of photographs?
Since I was young, as I believe many of us out there have, I dreamt of becoming an astronaut. Bound by limitations, I diverted my attention into the consolidation of subjects and materials that provides a sentiment of space. This self-journey of discovery eventually grew into the idea of visualising what ‘space’ looks like on Earth.

How would you describe your photographic style or approach?
I work at a slow pace, by practice. We live in an extremely fast pace [age] but, with photography, I have the control over time, which is essential in how I perceive my subjects. The camera is an extension of my periphery of view, which gives me an advantage in pushing the physical limits of my vision.

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