Glenn Baker, Astronaut

In honour of the successful landing of Curiosity on Mars – NASA did test their equipment in the Pilbara region of Western Australia after all.

Meet Glenn Baker: former shipwright, custom automobile restorer, all round great guy, and fabulous portrait subject, though unfortunately somewhat camera shy. I first met Glenn when I went to give True North Mark a hand with light painting one of Glenn’s restored trucks, which you can read about here, and spent most of the night listening to him and Mark (who are old mates) swapping stories and while painting the truck with a torch, sneaking in a few pictures of my own when we took breaks.

It was Glenn’s turn to be painting assistant when we went up to Lancelin to shoot Steve and his Harley. I think he showed up happily under the impression that he wasn’t going to be the target of any itchy trigger fingers that day, a notion that Flemming and I very quickly put to rest. Glenn has one of those faces that photographers love to shoot, but scaling the dune with the big painting light and battery pack strapped on his back, he makes a decent addition to an extraterrestrial landscape too.

Meet Glenn Baker: astronaut.     

And if you ever wondered whether life really does exist elsewhere in the universe, you might be getting an answer today:

You be the judge.


  1. True North Mark says:

    Great shots Charlene and excellently reported as usual!:)

    1. charlene says:

      Cheers Mark. It’s taken me long enough to get to it…talk about procrastination!

  2. Peta says:

    Great shots Charlene and yes he does make a good astronaut. The second last pic is my favorite.
    Lots of laughs that night….

    1. charlene says:

      Hehe, hours of following Glenn around the dunes paid off. He was such a good sport about it, though I suspect he was somewhat traumatised by Flemming and I :-D

  3. Man you got some awesome captures of our favourite subject to stalk, Glenn. Love it, again, great memories of a very funny night. And that last one, my face blasted by the autofocus search light, hehehehhehehee!

    1. True North Mark says:

      Yep she did well eh Flembotaruny!:)

      1. charlene says:

        Mark, you have to talk Glenn into another shoot at some point ;-)

      2. True North Mark says:

        Will do Charlene!

    2. charlene says:

      It was a good fun night eh? Had a good chuckle when loading these ones up. Hope Glenn has successfully recovered from the experience… :-D

    3. charlene says:

      PS that photo of you cracks me up everytime!

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