Finally, on July 20, Apollo 11 landed on the moon.
There was a countdown, similarly to when the shuttle launched, but I wasn't as excited this time. It wasn't as flashy. The flames weren't as bright, the men on the television did not sound as excited. Looking back, I think it was because of how focused they must have been. But at the time, I decided I was not really too impressed about what manhood had just accomplished. I assumed this was a normal occurrence. Something that happened all too often.
I had overheard my mother and father taking earlier in the week. They mentioned how the United States would always be the ones to do the impossible. And, of course, I believed that. There was this race going on between USSR and the USA but - It was the same country that created Lassie, Flipper, Mickey Mouse ... Obviously we had to have the smartest people, the coolest cars and biggest skyscrapers. Or at least, that's what I thought.
I went to bed that night, leaving my space capsule on my bedside table, rather than tucking it in beside me as I had done the last few nights. I closed my eyes, believing I was over my whole space fascination. But, that night, I dreamed of becoming an astronaut myself. I dreamed of the sparkly, silver dress I would wear under my space suit. I dreamed of the stars, and the planets. I dreamed of orange and red flames, and floating through space, and all sorts of wonderful things. I dreamed that I left my shuttle and walked across the moon. The surface reminded me of sand, it was cold against my fingertips, but I did not care.
When I woke up, there was a grin on my face. I looked over at my tin space capsule on my nightstand, and I picked it up, and set it beside me on the bed.
Perhaps, I had not given up on space just yet.
About the photographer
Thomas H.P. Jerusalem of MUTE Photography is a Chicago based German photographer. After living in Frankfurt, Germany and London, UK for several years, he relocated to Chicago, in 2004. Thomas H.P. Jerusalem is specialized in fashion and conceptual photography with a focus on magazine editorials and commercial work. His work has been published in the US and in international magazines including VOGUE Portugal, Italian VOGUE/PhotoVogue, FHM, ESTETICA, Dark Beauty, PLAYBOY, DODHO, Kaltblut. He is a PhotoVOGUE Gold Artist, and has been listed in the ONE LIFE 2012 Catalog and is represented by the prestigious New York agency Art+Commerce/VOGUE NYC and Motion Licensing, London UK and gallery represented with YELLOWKORNER and LemonFRAME.
His childhood during the Cold War in West Germany and his fatherís over-sized NY Photo Academy books from the sixties influenced his style that emphasizes atmosphere and strong narrative. Thomas H.P. Jerusalem started his career with Street Photography and Photojournalism, both very expressive ways of photography that forged his distinctive sensitive approach.