Ancient Astronaut, Conceptual Photoshoot

Posted on Aug 15, 2016

After a while of retirement in my new hometown Cabarete, I finally found the inspiration to go back to Santo Domingo to shoot a creative project. So I contacted right away my friend Estefani Campos, with whom I have done some covers for Oh Magazine, and we begin to work in the concept for the shoot. We explore the idea of the ancient interstellar travelers. Alien astronauts? Human beings of the future?. They can be found in the piramids from Giza in Egypt To the Mayans and Aztec civilizations. Countless books, documentaries, movies, TV series, (such as Ancient Aliens) have presented the controversial subject.

Fantasy or reality, we decided to translate this exciting topic in a conceptual fashion and digital art photoshoot. With a futuristic iluminati vibe in our moodboard, we contacted Luis Menieur Model Management to get the right model for our idea. Estefani was in charge of getting designers with the clothing and accesories that could fit the futuristic concept, as well as some props. These are the talents that made up this magnificent creative team:

Special thanks to my friend y and partner in creative crimes Karoline Becker, for letting us invade Pine Box Visual Studio and for borrowing me a Canon 70-200 lens for some of the pics, and to Leonela Gardemont for working as assistant and behinf the scenes photographer. 

Making of

The shoot ran smoothly, except for the child that was going to play the role of the earthling, he just was not in the mood for photos that day. There was a power outage too, so some takes were shot with window light, to emulate the two softboxes of continuous light used for the rest of the takes. I used my oldie but goodie Nikon D70s with a Nikkor 50 mm vintage lens attached. Manual focus, baby!

softboxes continuous light

For the backgrounds I did pictures of the sky and details of architecture in my parents house in Santiago some days later. That day was cloudy and with the mood I wanted for the final images. I took those with my Canon T2i and a 18-55.

making-of-astronaut

LEFT: THE MODEL TAKEN WITH WINDOW LIGHT. CENTER: CLOUDS AND ARCHITECTURE FOR THE BACKGROUND. RIGHT: COMPOSITE IMAGE IN PHOTOSHOP.

Luna Assistant

LUNA CHECKING THE MODEL ON SET.

The final result:

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