Sigmund Freud’s On Dreams and On Creativity and the Unconscious nourished my fascination with lucid dreaming, and more particularly its ability to shed new light on a greater understanding of my spiritual and creative self. I see lucid dreaming as the vessel to another world of inhibited discovery, where adventure and curiosity combine to create an artist’s haven.
My experiences with lucid dreaming revealed the power of dreams, and the infancy of our scientific understanding of them. Every night, I entered a world where the duality of forces, seemingly good and bad, light and dark, came together to create a neutral, ying-yang playground where my deep-seated, subconscious emotions could be resolved. I maintained a dream journal, documented any emotions I felt after a long dream cycle, and turned to photography to visualize these mental escapades.
The result is the series of pictures that follow. Each photograph, shot on a 30mm roll using a Canon AE-1, captures a scene that brings back my deep-seated, yet shared emotions, and is part of an extended dream story. It is my hope that this story can evoke equally strong feelings within the viewer and compel them to transcend their reality, even if for a moment, to consider one ever more emotionally charged.