Christopher Ryan Ross is an editorial photographer and producer who has spent years shooting stars all over the world. His love for photography can be credited to his father, who handed him his first 35mm camera as a boy. Taking pictures, however, always came second to painting and drawing.

A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Ross studied fine art painting and various methods of printmaking. With this knowledge of traditional art processes, he brings a unique eye and approach to the subjects of his photographs.

Ross splits his time between New York City and Portland, Maine, where he lives with his wife, Alice, and their two sons, Oliver and Hugo.

Interview with Mayim Bialik

What excited you about the opportunity to get involved in this project?

My brother and I watched Star Trek lot in the seventies and eighties. A lot of the plots were kind of advanced for me as a kid, but I loved the whole look of it, and the movies, of course. And now our show is about people who love Star Trek. To break down that fourth wall and be an actor dressing up like someone our TV characters love is so post-modern!

What did you do on set to prepare for each character?

They showed me pictures of the characters in classic poses, some of which I had seen and some of which I hadn’t. We really needed to capture those classic looks, so it was a lot of small adjustments. I tried to sort of channel the main essence as much as possible.

Why do you think Star Trek has endured for so long?

Oh wow, so many reasons. The characters are so timeless, so rich, and the writing has been consistently so strong for so long.