Illustration by Hitoshi Miura – Japan

The Colors Of The Moon

1 / LS  1 / A 

In Eastern mythology the dragon represents a messenger of God. His dwelling is shrouded in mistery faraway behind the clouds. His birth takes place in the craters of the dark side of the Moon. It can happen that an adult dragon who’s protected from all evils, can eventually fly through space and land on Earth.

Illustration by Alvaro Sanchez – Guatemala


Contest number 7 / LS 1 / A

Illustration by Hilda Rezaei – Iran


Contest number 17 / LS 1 / A

Illustration by Hilda Rezaei – Iran


Contest number 17 / LS 1 / B

Photography by Corrado Griggi – Switzerland

Kaguya – hime, the full moon of the autumn

30 / LS  4 / A 

Photography by Corrado Griggi – Switzerland

Kaguya – hime, the full moon of the autumn

30 / LS 4 / B

Riccardo Zipoli – Italy

Homage to Solaris

254 / LS 1 / A B C D E F G H I L

 Every photograph is a fiction with pretensions to truth
Joan Fontcuberta

In his film Solaris, director Andrei Tarkovsky addresses the relationship between scientific progress and individual consciousness, and the danger that a dogmatic reliance on technology will lead us away from self-knowledge. The film tells how, having arrived on a space station to investigate some strange phenomena associated with the planet Solaris, a scientist feels an intense longing for the Earth, as he grows aware of the irrepressible, essential value of the human world. This idea is further developed in the last scenes of the film, when his father’s house appears in the middle of the mysterious magma on the planet Solaris. My interpretation of the Earth seen from the Moon’s surface in ten images is meant to be a small homage to that film. For the purpose, I have constructed a verisimilitudinous fake. The Moon in my photos is actually the Earth, and the Earth is not seen from the Moon: for the ten foreground landscapes, I used ten photographs that I had taken on five continents (America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania), having toned down their colours and made the skies dark; the images of the Earth, on the other hand, come from the video One Year on Earth shot by the DSCOVR satellite, which orbits the Earth at a distance of about 1.5 million kilometres. As I scrolled through this video (2 minutes, 46 seconds long), I selected and extracted ten ‘frames’ of the Earth containing the ten foreground locations, and then duly matched them to create a sort of mirror image. The photograph of Libya, therefore, has in the distance the image of the Earth with Africa at the centre, and so on. The verisimilitude of my reconstructions is achieved thanks to the usual idea of the Moon/Earth pairing in the collective imagination, founded on images from space (although there have been few photos of the Earth taken right from the lunar surface). This verisimilitude ensures the iconic power of the images, providing the basis for the homage to Solaris: as in the film, here the exploration of space takes us back to the Earth, and the Moon mission becomes a journey across our five continents. The ‘photographed mirroring’ of the landscapes and their corresponding contexts enhances the overall effect, evoking that need for ‘reflection’ suggested by Tarkovsky.


Kangerlussuaq, Greenland 2014 (Nikon D300)

DSCOVR Satellite June 2016 (2:28)


The Painted Desert, USA 2009 (Nikon D300)

DSCOVR Satellite June 2016 (2:23)


Hafnasandur, Iceland 1993 (Nikon FM2)

DSCOVR Satellite May 2016 (2:21)


Ghadames Desert, Libya 1993 (Nikon FM2)

DSCOVR satellite August 2015 (0:35)


Hormuz Island, Iran 2012 (Nikon D300)

DSCOVR satellite June 2016 (2:24)


Douz Desert, Tunisia 2006 (Nikon FM2)

DSCOVR satellite April 2016 (2:01)


Lanzarote Island, Spain 2016 (Nikon D300)

DSCOVR satellite June 2016 (2:31)


Pumice Stone Field, Argentina 2016 (Nikon D300)

DSCOVR Satellite December 2015 (1:13)


Uluru, Australia 2018 (Nikon D500)

DSCOVR Satellite December 2015 (1:13)


Moon Valley, Chile 2008 (Nikon D300)

DSCOVR Satellite December 2015 (1:10)

Illustration and Digital Art by Jorge Gonzalez Morales – Mexico

Woman combing her hair on the moon

265 / LS 1 / A

La ilustración corresponde a la bella noche , que envuelve a la luna, siempre en la quietud de las montañas que ven en ella una diosa y tambien como se embellece para mostrar la quietud de la noche, la ilustración es a mano con tinta china y plumones  con retoques de manera digital.

Digital Art by Sam Thorogood – UK

The Hidden Colors Of The Moon

266 / LS 1 / A

I loved the title of this contest. ‘The Hidden Colors Of The Moon’ instantly painted a picture in my mind, and I got to work experimenting with different textures and light patterns.

By digitally manipulating freely-usable images, I created two old-school photos of someone dancing under the Moon. In one photo, the only light source is the Moon itself. In the other, pinks, greens and blues cascade around the dancer. In both, the film grain effect doubles as stars in the sky.

When creating work (, I am always interested in our relationship with each other and nature. This project was a great way to explore this timeless theme!

Digital Art by Sam Thorogood – UK

The Hidden Colors Of The Moon

266 / LS 1 / B