VICTORIA KASPI: NATURE MAGAZINE
Late fall, I get an email asking me to photograph Victoria Kaspi, one of the ten people who mattered in science in 2019 according to Nature Magazine. “An astrophysicist! hmm, astronomer...space, telescope?!? I hear that McGill has a telescope”. Can’t blame art directors though. They read, and then imaging how the story could look. So I take it from there, google her a bit and then call her up. Oops, her research is all about Fast Radio Bursts. I’ve studied enough science to know that photographing her along any optical telescopes would just be a big lie. Neither she nor or I will go for it. Plan B, I scout for a cool environment around her office.
Turns out she’s fun, generous of her time and photogenic. The art director also had taken the time to share general parameters and buzz words. So we shoot in the office and at a nearby location. The resulting images are great, full of character and the art director is happy. Just proves, though, there’s a lot to be said about improvising.
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