“You know that place between sleep and awake, the place where you can still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you. That’s where I’ll be waiting.”
― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
There is something special about the places that you visit in real life when they appear in your dreams. Perhaps it’s the memory of the experiences you had there, or it’s the feelings you had when you were present. Perhaps they are now the settings for something new, something exciting, something unknown. Some experts believe that dreams are the expression of our fears, while others believe that dreaming allows us to return to places and times that comfort us, either to reassure us or to allow us the change to change the outcome of things.
There are two places that appear in my dreams on a regular basis…
I loved this place. The sense memory of Rotorua is incredible – the smell of the sulphur, the heat of the mist coming off of the earth, and the iridescence of the colours in the slicks on top of the mud – it’s almost too much to take in the first time. Walking around the area – especially if you go in the rain, as I did – makes it feel as if you are walking on the surface of the moon. There are warnings all over to not leave the paths as the mud is exceedingly hot, but there’s no need – there’s something quietly unsettling about the place, and the distant pops as air escapes the hot ground make you feel as if you are in some kind of sci-fi story.
The journey to and on Fraser Island is as wild as the humming mud above, but for very different reasons. Fraser Island is built entirely of sand, so it is shifting all the time. The only roads are the sand paths to and from the various beaches, and you share the space with the tides and the small planes that land (guess which has the right-of-way?). You are advised to not swim in the ocean due to sharks, and you can only travel when the tides are low, making every journey an adventure. There are mysterious fresh-water ponds within the island, where tiny turtles swim up to nibble on your toes, and packs of dingoes who pop their head in your tents to say hello at night (they particularly enjoy coming to visit when the rangers are giving their talks on avoiding the dingoes…). Travelling the beaches of Fraser Island has a dream-like quality to me, especially when cloud formations such as this are a way of life.
Finally, I want to share an image I took a while ago, when I was experimenting with infra-red film in my old-school film camera. I love this shot – if only because it brings to mind Edgar Allan Poe and gothic tales of fallen maidens and brooding heroes. How very Austen-esque – or perhaps Eyre-ian?? -of it all!
“Happy are those who dream dreams and are willing to pay the price to make them come true.” Anonymous
What are your dreams? Share in the comments below!
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Dream. We chose this week’s photo challenge subject because it utilizes one technique we love to play around with: long exposures. Sometimes we use a neutral density filter; other times, we go organic and get the aperture, ISO and shutter speed to align perfectly in an effort to give our shots an otherworldly sense of escapism. (Using a long exposure is also a great way to blur people and other unwanted “noise” out of your photo.)
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