The Greeks had Artemis; the Romans called her Diana; the Chinese worshipped Chang’e; while the Persians called her Metra, translating directly as ‘mother of the earth’. The ancient civilisations certainly understood the might of the moon, their mythology expressing the reverence they had for its cyclic power: from its effect on women’s cycles to that on the tides. These days, our myths tend to begin and end with the moon being made of cheese; having a man concealed within it; or the 1960s landings being some sort of conspiracy (snooze).
Via Fullmoon, conceptual artist Darren Almond presents 260 photographs, taken from the turn of the millennium until now, that capture landscapes scattered around the globe illuminated by a full moon. With the shutter kept open for over a quarter of an hour, rivers, meadows, mountains, and seashores appear almost as they would as dawn breaks, but are further imbued with an other-worldly, almost numinous, quality.
Not a crumb of cheese in sight.
Fullmoon is available in a standard TASCHEN edition, and as three limited Art Editions of just 60 copies, each with a C-print signed by the artist. Darren Almond, Fullmoon is available to order from Taschen, for £44.99, taschen.com