“The universe is 13.7 billion years old.
And it was on on clear sky of july when Apollo 11 left the Kennedy Space Center towards the moon. A mundane event through present eyes as landmark for that time, for scientific research and space exploration. I tend to attribute to this date the beginning of a revolution, a new way of seeing not the world, but beyond the world. The magnificent desolation of Buzz Aldrin has the value of the discovery, of human creation. A new nature has been exposed in front of our eyes no longer on the books, in reality.
Beyond any space race in the cold war, human evolution has exceeded the imaginable, becoming a point of light in our history too often dark.
Many astronauts and cosmonauts have reported like seeing the Earth from space has had a very profound effect in their mind.
How small and fragile?
And how can a man kill another man, because the same day some years before the atomic bomb had disintegrated, deflagrated. The Trinity test is the first of its species, of our history. The atomic bomb has been released and will not turn back. A destiny, that of man, of self-destruction, despair, vilified by violence.
Just the beginning of what would have been happened on august 6th and august 9th, in Hiroshima and then Nagasaki.
The genie came out of the bottle and reality didn’t stop. Thanatos descended from the sky with a spear and marked us.
I am God the only noise I can hear in a tree or a life wiped out. A black spot on a bright surface. Nature erased from history.
July 16th, 1945 and July 16th, 1969 are the beginning of two eras, that clash it together and flowing in different direction.
I see the Yin and Yang of the man.
Annihilation and Creation.
Maybe the coincidences do not exist, or maybe they exist, anyway I was born on July 16th.”
16,5 x 24 cm
design by Emilio Macchia
text by Duccio Doretti
Winner of Landskrona Foto & Breadfield Dummy Award