Many Moons

PhotographerRodrigo Chapa
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

Two elements meet in each frame, the first is taken from everyday life, a landscape, a bird, clouds, in any case, the context is our planet. A second element is repeated throughout the images, one that conflicts with the first, redefining it, challenging the viewer to solve the puzzle, to place the scene in a valid context. Series done using analog processes, no digital manipulation except for scanning and dust cleaning.


If we were to say that our planet is alive, we could compare it to the organisms that inhabit it. Its forests remind me of hair, liquid molten rock in its core is like our blood, we can find similitudes for pores, veins and cells, and like the Earth, living things are the planets to smaller organisms. According to physicist Michio Kaku, we are going from a type zero ("planetary"), to a type one ("stellar") civilization, which implies that we will no longer get our energy from organic resources, but from the ones in outer space. This represents a big danger to our existence, the reason for not having found life in other planets could be its self destruction during this transition. Could this process be compared to death? The Moon and the Sun for me, are like extremities for our planet, tools that help control some things that happen inside this large scale organism. In my series, I give the Earth some new tools since a stellar civilization is able to "play with stars". Having heard the words of Michio, this is a representation of what I think our planet will look like in one hundred years from today.

About Photographer

Born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico in 1987. I graduated from industrial design at Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in 2010. During my studies I started working as a photographer for small local businesses and in my personal projects. From 2010 to 2012 I worked as a freelance wedding and still life photographer as well as for some local wedding photography studios. I moved to Paris in August 2012 to study a Masters degree in professional photography at Speos International Photography School. Im currently working in Paris for mexican clients and will return to mexico when I finish my studies, in September, 2013.