Seeing space through the eyes of Guy Laliberte

Cirque du Soleil founder reveals photos in new Toronto exhibit.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

After spending 10 days in space back in 2009, Cirque du Soleil's Guy Laliberte is showcasing sixty of his most impressive photographs at an exhibit called "Gaia," being held at the Thompson Landry Gallery in Toronto.

He paid $35 million for the roundtrip ticket into space and became the first-ever private space explorer. He also published a book with the photographs, which was released last year. Proceeds from Gaia will be donated to an initiative that was started by Laliberte called "ONE DROP," a non-governmental organization founded in October 2007 in Montreal, Canada – it is a charitable organization that develops integrated, innovative projects with an international scope, in which water plays a central role as a creative force in generating positive, sustainable effects for local and foreign populations and in the fight against poverty. More specifically, ONE DROP Canada, in cooperation with partner Oxfam and others, develops access-to-water and sanitation projects in countries where access to this vital resource is lacking

"You're riding at 25,000 km/h. You're taking pictures out of a small window. You're in [a] weightlessness situation where taking [a] position is not easy,” he told CBC News on Thursday. “The only advantage you have is those lenses that usually, on Earth, weigh 10 pounds weigh nothing up there. But you still have to manage to – from one eye – see your subject coming…adjusting your camera and then clicking.”

"Gaia" will be held at the Thompson Landry Gallery from August 2nd until September 3rd.

Photo: Thompson Landry Gallery