“The best of photographs is itself a treason.” ~Albert Camus

In July 1999 I traveled to New Mexico with the intention of making black-and-white, medium format images inspired by the legendary Ansel Adams. One of the images that sparked my imagination is his most popular, Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941. He talks at length about it in his book Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs, which might be my favorite book of all time.

I actually got the chance to stand in the exact spot where he stood to make his iconic image, but was unable to make an image of any kind due to both the weather being completely wrong and the fact that Hernandez was completely different in 1999 than it was in 1941. But I did make a note to myself that I thought it would be cruel and ironic to take his beautiful image and Photoshop a bunch of cellular telephone towers into it. Of course this is photographic blasphemy, but I did it anyway.

My parody, my Copyright violation, and my ticket to photographer's hell: Hernandez, New Mexico 1941, but with a good signal on my phone.
My parody, my Copyright violation, and my ticket to photographer's hell: Hernandez, New Mexico 1941, but with a good signal on my phone.
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