“The location is the old part of the meat packing district in Copenhagen, which was a perfect fit with this kind of old alleyway feel to it,” he says. “I wanted it to be timeless and avoid cars, bikes, and stuff that would give too much away.”
Camera & Settings
Using a Phase One +45 medium format camera and lighting provided by Broncolor, Ken set about capturing his astronaut’s arrival back on his home planet. Using artificial lighting combined with the natural light already available in the space allowed Ken to create the otherworldly, dreamlike atmosphere of the series – which he shot with a Schneider LS 55mm f/2.8 lens, set to an aperture of f/8, ISO50, and shutter speed of 1/60.
The final image, however, is a composite of several shots. Ken used Capture One to convert the RAW files, and did his post-processing work using Adobe Photoshop.
“First, I was creating the perfect light on the spaceman, and then creating the environment after,” Ken says. “On the actual shooting day, there was a big, red van parked in the location, so we had to come back a few days later to shoot the background, and combine everything in post.”