Earthshine intersperses archival images of NASA’s 1969 Apollo 11 Moon Landing with my original images created in 2020.

I’ve always been obsessed with images of the moon landing.

Their otherwordly loneliness stands in contrast with what was in fact an unprecedented collaborative effort: the Apollo Space Program.

Broadcast all over the planet as it unfolded Apollo 11 was the first singular event to be witness globally.

This makes it a sort of origin myth: a turning point that marked the beginning of a new way of seeing the world and our place in it.

The journey to the moon was made available for the world to celebrate thanks to the ability to record the experience with a camera.

Astronauts’ snapshots of one another, landscapes, celestial objects — all captured for us by what is essentially the same small handheld box I use to make my photographs.

“Your key to immortality is in the quality of the photographs and nothing else.”

- chief of NASA photography, Richard Underwood, while training astronauts

In 2020, I made images of my life in the midst of a second global origin myth: the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of documenting a triumphant eight-day journey to another world, I recorded months of monotony from my daily life.

Do the Apollo 11 photographs, all of which are historic thanks to their context, have artistic merit?

Do my photographs, taken during the pandemic, have historic merit?