The Alamo Reimagined

ArtistCetywa Powell

In James Michener's novel, Texas, the Battle of Alamo is nicely depicted. However, the real building in San Antonio is small and anti-climactic, especially when you try to imagine the actual battle, where over 2000 Mexican soldiers surrounded and killed the roughly 180 fighters inside, mainly American immigrants. After reading about this dramatic part of history, I imagined an Alamo far more glorious. Maybe set on a hill in a dry, Texas landscape. I decided to create part of the Alamo as it must have looked then. A lone building. Bare on the sides. But still majestic.

Cetywa Powell is a photographer and filmmaker. Powell has been published in the New York Times and has exhibited at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. Additional recognitions include honorable mentions in the 2019 Fine Art Photography Awards, 2018 Moscow Foto Awards, 2017 MonoVisions Photography Awards, 2016 and 2015 International Photography Awards, and the 2016 ND Photography Awards. She was also a 2016 finalist in the Shoot the Frame portrait contest, a 2013 National Geographic Daily Dozen selection, and a 2019, 2017, and 2014 National Geographic Editor's Favorite Pick.