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One Small Step For Man, One Giant Leap For Mannequins

David McMahon

Melbourne, Australia

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Mate, this moonwalk craze is spreading everywhere! A real-life NASA astronaut on a suburban street in Caulfield, Melbourne? Could it be Neil Armstrong? Could it be Buzz Aldrin?

No – it’s just a fibreglass figure on the footpath outside a well-known sports memorabilia shop. I took this image four years ago, with a little Pentax Option LF33 – with the shopowner’s permission.

I took a few close-ups of the astronaut that showed some great reflections in the glass visor. Then, as I was about to walk away, a tram turned the corner so I shot this instinctively. Why? Because it’s such an incongruous image – who would ever expect to see the figure of a NASA astronaut in moon gear alongside a Melbourne tram?

After this shot, I walked away – because all astronauts need their, er, space!

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images. I’ve decided to post this shot as my tribute to the Apollo 11 lunar mission that took place exactly 40 years ago.

Featured in SPEAKING PHOTOS, August 2009.

Featured in ALPHABET SOUP, August 2009.

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