Stars in his eyes

I’ve done a few fun interview portraits recently. This one was of planetarium designer Takayuki Ohira. He started off making papercraft projectors in his bedroom and eventually came up with a professional-grade device that could show orders of magnitude more stars than any other. He’s quite the nutty professor, and a household name in Japan.

I wanted to show his projector in action so we set it up in a small meeting room at his company office. The light on his face came from a small hand-held maglite wrapped in foil to narrow the beam.

Pop fact for Nikon users: it was fun to learn that the projector uses off-the-shelf Nikkor enlarger lenses.

Takayuki Ohira, creator of the Megastar planetarium

Takayuki Ohira, creator of the Megastar planetarium

Takayuki Ohira, creator of the Megastar planetarium

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