167x225mm, digital, 2012–13
A couple stand on a hill overlooking a mist-shrouded valley. This is not Earth – the mist merges into alien purple clouds and a vast moon of this planet hangs in the sky. The yellow sun of this system, so similar to our own, blazes out above the horizon. We see a glow on the night side of the moon, so we are viewing it from a planet which reflects full sunlight from its surface, oceans and atmosphere. There is life on this world – grass covers the hill – and the couple are relaxed as the man touches the woman in a gesture of affection or love. It is a world much like our own in so many ways.
They watch a spaceship as it moves through the sky, but they show no surprise – this is a familiar sight to them. Indeed, the woman seems to be more interested in looking at her companion than the passage of this marvel of technology. This is a society which accepts interstellar travel, and all the benefits that it brings, as a fact. It has brought humans to this planet, and serves their needs. It may even represent our own future.
Text: Richard Hayes