Cole Rise, a photographer and a programmer behind Lite.ly was one of the first people I interviewed for Pi.co, my interview series. And during our conversation, he shared his dream of building an exact replica of the Hasselblad camera, that went to the moon as part of the Apollo 11 mission. My conversation with Cole was key transition moments in my photographic journey. It has led to a close friendship, but it has also given me a ringside view of his journey.
I am thrilled for Cole, because I know the purity of his dream, and how much effort he had put into creating this masterpiece. The SpaceCamera has been his quest, his obsession. Today, he has shared his journey and announced an exact, working replica of the Apollo 11 Moon Camera. “Some people like to resurrect classic cars, I wanted to resurrect a classic camera, and the camera we sent to and left on the lunar surface on Apollo 11 is one of the most important photographic tools ever made, capturing a historic milestone for our species,” he writes.