French landscape astrophotographer and astronomy journalist Laurent Laveder shows how some simple props and a bit of imagination can turn the same old moon into anything you like.
“Moon Games” is a series of silhouettes featuring props that show people interacting with the moon. There’s not actually much going on in these photos, but sometimes the simplest concepts have the biggest impact.
He said: “Sabine and I came up with the idea five years ago and have been creating different images with the moon ever since. A lot of the images are taken at night, when there is a full moon rising, others are taken at dawn, when the moon is setting and the sun is rising. Before we take each series, we brainstorm together and draw images to show how we would like each character to play with the moon. It’s important to plan the project, because once you’re in front of the moon, it rises so quickly and you only have one chance to get the shots you want.”
Laurent show people painting, throwing, catching and bouncing the moon. Children playing catch with the moon…Professional basketball player, Mathieu Tensorer dribbling the moon…The moon as a reading lamp…
His photographs have appeared on NASA sites and international astronomy magazines, and he is part of an international collective of astronomy photographers called The World At Night. Moon Games has also been published as a small book in France.