Oneironaut - butterfly knife
by Ess Beckett
Collect your choice of gallery quality Giclée, or fine art prints custom trimmed by hand in a variety of sizes with a white border for framing.
These pieces communicate the fantastical, surreal feelings of my own dreams through the very reality-based medium of photography. Some of the photographs are recreations of “snapshot” memories of dreams -- a detailed fragment from a larger, mostly-forgotten dream -- while other photographs attempt to recreate the overall feeling of a particular dream. I experimented with lighting and very slow shutter speeds in order to distort and hide parts of the subject, while highlighting and revealing others -- conveying the feeling of a dream not fully remembered. In order to suggest the layers of sensory information that exist within dreams and just how distorted they can be, I manipulated the negatives and the prints. By scratching and drawing on the negatives I could create bold shapes and borders while also adding a grimy, aged quality to the photographs. Layers of torn and cutout sheets of tissue, placed directly on top of the photo paper during exposure created ghostly, warped shapes.