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I’m excited to announce my new 52 week project – Only In My Dreams!
The objective of this new project is pretty straight-forward. Essentially the goal is to utilize photographic techniques/tricks and digital editing/mean photoshop skills to capture and produce the impossible, if not highly-unlikely. In plain English, I want to photograph my dreams.
As is the case with most dreams, these images will (hopefully) present mixtures of reality and fiction, a merging of the factual and the imaginary. My goal is to present them in a way so that (were it not for the absolute absurdity of the images) they might be taken as literal depictions of life, just like dreams.
Be prepared for a series full of strange mishaps, distorted realities, unlikely circumstances, downright absurd situations, and whatever else my brain can come up with to fulfill the weekly assignment. Hopefully it will provide you with new ideas and perspectives, and hopefully I can complete this project and maintain my sanity!
Now, a brief discourse on the above image. In looking ahead at the next 51 weeks of photographs, it’s easy to be overwhelmed and even a little fearful. Doubts about your abilities tend to creep in and discourage you; experience tells you that there’s no way you can possibly perform the task that’s set in front of you.
What this image says to me is that sometimes caution needs to be thrown to the wind and you need to go all out. Face your fears! Eliminate your doubts! Push yourself to the edge and don’t look back! Often it’s when we are pushed to our limits that we are able to produce our best. When looking at it from the sidelines, we’ll have our doubts and our insecurities, but thrust into the middle of it, we’re left with no choice but to ride out the storm and hang on for dear life.
So my hope is that by jumping head-long into this challenge, I’ll be forced to think about things in a new way, alter my perceptions, change my approach, go crazy! And maybe I’ll even have some fun while I’m at it (after all, without enjoyment the process is hardly worth the investment).
So stay tuned for the next out-of-this-world installment, and while you’re waiting, try to come up with new ways to challenge yourself in your craft. I can guarantee that you won’t regret it, and you might even get some totally awesome images that you never thought possible! It’s worth a shot, I mean, what have you got to lose?