Dreams and Photography

“The feelings that hurt most, the emotions that sting most, are those that are absurd – The longing for impossible things, precisely because they are impossible; nostalgia for what never was; the desire for what could have been; regret over not being someone else; dissatisfaction with the world’s existence. All these half-tones of the soul’s consciousness create in us a painful landscape, an eternal sunset of what we are.” — Fernando Pessoa

According to Wikipedia dreams are successions of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations that occur involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep. The content and purpose of dreams are not definitively understood, though they have been a topic of scientific speculation, as well as a subject of philosophical and religious interest, throughout recorded history. The scientific study of dreams is called oneirology.

One recurrent dream I have, it is seeing me in a kind of foggy forest completely alone and silence, where I’m able to hear even the sound of my steps on the grass, going  through it I experiment no other feeling but relief and certainly a little anxiety perhaps for not knowing what’s going to happen next. I’ve never known what happens next, or at least I don’t remember when I wake up.

I got a déjà vu feeling when I captured the image above. It was an October day — Autumn in Houston —  early in the morning in my way back from dropping my kids to school, I stopped at a wooded area close to home, the fog was low, I walked probably 10 minutes getting into the area when I suddenly discovered this scene that I already have seen before, however in low fog the feeling was completely different,  again a feeling of a déjà vu moment.

I made several clicks trying to frame the row of trees as aesthetic as possible until I found this angle that I definitely liked it, so the rest of the process is more the routine of trying to get a good exposure for a kind of static scene like this one (1/30 sec with no tripod, F14.0,  ISO 200 using a 70-300mm lens @ 70mm)

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