Why Mars on Earth?
In the Fall of 2014, I started to heavily research Mars. As a kid who has always been interested in space and exploration, I wanted to focus on our human efforts to reach a new planet, and all research suggests that Mars is the next place humans are going.
In my previous project, The Abductees, I felt strongly about the use of a camera to create a different reality. With the help of 4"x5" film and some imagination, I want to start the narrative about how our ambition to explore the cosmos. What better place to create a different reality than terrestrial analog sites, places that are geologically similar to celestial bodies. The scientific use for terrestrial analog sites is to study as accurately as possible space-related projects without actually being in space. This boils down to an infinite number of projects, from rover testing, soil sampling, psychological affects of spaceflight, to the formation of life and detection of water.
Approaching such a site is like walking onto miles upon miles of a science fiction movie set. Suddenly, quite literally, you no longer feel like you're on Earth.
In the Spring of 2015, I was finally able to begin my project at the HI-SEAS Mars analog on the Big Island of Hawaii. HI-SEAS crews operate under the guidance of lead investigator Kim Binsted, and funding from NASA, the University of Hawaii Manoa, and Cornell University. I was fortunate enough to photograph and interview the six-person crew directly after their eight months "in simulation."
Overall, I am interested in the human efforts to leave the place that created us. What is our (as the human race) need to escape and explore? What is the draw to leave this place altogether? What successes have we made in reaching that goal?
Mars Desert Research Station
The Mars Desert Research Station is a Mars analog located in Hanksville, Utah and operated by the Mars Society. Since 2001, over one hundred and fifty simulation crews have participated at MDRS. I am very excited to announce that I am the Artist-in-Residence for the 2015-2016 season.
To date, I have financed all of my photography projects on my own. As a young photographer who still uses film, it is extremely difficult to finance a long term project as the price of film can skyrocket 10% over the course of a month. Film is the biggest part of my project costs for this reason.
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About Cassandra Klos
Cassandra Klos (b. 1991) is a rising New England photographer. Her work is narrative in nature and explores simulated experiences and environments, historical references, and the internal philosophy of existence. She graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2014 with a BFA degree in fine arts and social psychology.
Her work has exhibited across the northeastern United States including group exhibitions at Boston University, Aviary Gallery, Wheaton College, the Vermont Center for Photography, the Flash Forward Festival (Boston), Peter Miller Fine Art Gallery, and the Fitchburg Art Museum. She has also had solo exhibitions at the Piano Craft Gallery of Boston (June 2014) and an upcoming show at the Griffin Museum of Photography (Summer 2016). Her work has also been published in the New Hampshire Union Leader, the Boston Globe, Aint Bad Magazine, and Conveyor Magazine.
Music by: Yusuke Tsutsumi
Photographs by: Jim Urquhart, Jongsma + O'Neill
Risks and challenges
The risks and challenges associated with this project are minimal. If a film camera fails, I have back-up cameras in both film and digital formats. Unless unforeseen extreme weather conditions or events occur, the Mars Desert Research Station will host the mission as planned. If this campaign is successful, I will do everything possible to make sure rewards are mailed safely and on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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