As part of my blog post series Lunar Impact, Get Ready for it!, my last post Thanksgiving on an Exponential Order discussed what we all share and can be thankful for as a world community. Another aspect of global community was expanded on in In The Shadow of the Moon as Buzz Aldrin shared in his interview; upon return to Earth after being part of the first mission landing on the moon, he and Neil Armstrong returned to a heroes welcome and embarked on a 45 country tour around the globe. During that tour every country shared in the joy of the accomplishment of man landing on the moon. At that moment in time it was not the feat of the United States, but the feat of mankind.
Through out history of the world I’m not sure such a moment has ever occurred. The thought of mankind coming together with a singular view of accomplishment must have been a special moment to experience. In today’s day and age that thought seems even more distant… or does it?
While I’m sure few events or activities compare to the scale of unification the landing on the moon created among all of mankind, in my eyes nature & landscape photography among other photographic genres seems to be capable of bridging the divide between country and culture in a similar fashion.
As I listened to Buzz Aldrin share this time of unity among all of man I instantly became aware of how the photographic community regardless of citizenship, ideology or politics comes together to appreciate photography and the beauty of what is photographed. Whether it is the beauty of a childs smile or an amazing landscape, photography has the ability to transport people to different places and times.
With all respect to the space program it is amazing to think that photography can transform photographers into explorers and photography viewers into a singular audience of mankind, all while transporting them to another time and place through a simple image.
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