With this work, I was inspired by Ted Gores, because all of his artwork looks like a dream. It just looks like he thought about it a lot before he took the image. I decided to use trees, snow, houses and streets for my images because I find that with different combinations of things we see every day, ordinary objects can look pretty and magical. With this work, I hope to show everyone that no matter what you take an image of it will always look beautiful as long as you believe it does. I really want people who want to become photographers to feel this, because it helped me personally in the creation of this work, and it’s important to me to help everyone I can.
The theme I wanted to explore in my piece was dissociation/ derealization which is a recurring feeling of being detached from your body as if you’re in a dream. People who feel dissociation experience the world in a way that seems foggy and unrealistic which can be seen in my piece through the mirror. In order to achieve this feeling, I made the foreground seem magical and made myself reach out to get to the other side.
I wanted to create a photo that had an impact on me. I think of photography as showing what you feel instead of using your words. I think this ties in with dreams because we see our dreams, and sometimes can’t voice them. I wanted to take something that meant a lot to me; something I dream of and turn it into a photo. I wanted to do this because; from a normal person's perspective, it may just look like a photo. But to me, it’s what I dream of.
By delving into the visuals of what could be, I am able to achieve a cohesive composition airing on the side of whimsy. The person in the image appeared to be asleep in a relatively dark and depressing scene; and combined with the colourful contrast of the dreamlike aspects of multi-media, my explorations altered the state of the subject to become something unexpected. When I create, I try and push and pull people's perspectives and emotions with the goal of putting joy into the world. Though that may not always be the case, I certainly try. For me, human connection is the most important thing in our lives and being able to connect through art is a truly fascinating endeavour. I hope to keep contributing to that connection for as long as I can.
My name is joey Bochek and I am 17, almost 18 years old. I have been an artist for almost 4 years now and am really looking at my latest ideas and making my art pieces more unique in some sort of way for audiences. My art piece means a lot to me. I spent a lot of time working on it, researching the topic of “Dreamers” and looking into what my dreams are and look like visually. My artistic process is unique because I use a combination of creativity, vision, technique, and my own ideas to make my work into an interesting piece of art. By looking at this work, you will relate to the same sort of dreams as I have, realize why I put the image together in the way that I did and want to look at it more every day.
'Dreaming into the Night'
I am a walking encyclopedia of game show minutiae. While dreams are uncontrollable and art is an effort, they overlap in many ways. My personal favourite is the tendency of both to draw on your experiences, whether you want them to or not. You only know what you know, and as much as I have other, more important things to dream about, my nightly half-hour of game show consumption tends to sneak its way into my unconsciousness. Maybe I do dream of things of consequence. If I study before bed, I remember more in the morning than I did when I closed my textbook. That’s my only evidence, though. My dreams tend to come apart at the seams the second I open my eyes. Oh, hey, speaking of eyes, sorry if this one was bright enough to hurt them a bit. I’ve got a box full of colours and I wanted to use every tool at my disposal. I like art that takes your brain out of your head and scrambles it like an egg.
'Trapped as the Past'
“Trapped as the Past” was a piece that made me think deeply about myself and how to incorporate the pessimistic feelings I experience into a printed image. The outcome? A cage of metal bars, silhouettes of faces I can’t remember, and needles pricking me constantly.
Thinking about my past was such a nostalgic, comforting feeling that I wish I could get back. The background photographs are meant to express this. The present feelings of despair and hopelessness are what’s tainting the warm background. Represented as black specks seeping though and needles piercing the image in one’s rosy memory, it’s as if you are trapped watching the memories be contaminated in front of you.
I felt empty inside and a loss in connection with those around me. In fact, I felt like I lost myself at some point. That’s why every silhouette is empty, except the one girl sitting on the star, covered in her own shadow. The conflicting feelings of past and present are what I want to convey.
My name is Lia. The art I like to make always has meaning and holds value to me. The project I have done here is about a long-distance relationship that I am currently in. I chose to do a project on this because of a rough patch we are currently going through that I know we will get over.
I want to leave my viewers with the message that long-distance relationships are hard and that is usually all you hear about them. They are very worth it in the end and if you’ve met the person that you wanna be with the distance is short-lasting but the love is forever.
Old cars are a great time capsule that can take you back in time, whereas concept cars take you to the future. That is why I enjoy creating pieces with cars incorporated in them. The juxtaposition between old and new bridges the gap between the past and the future. This piece expresses how our past shapes our future and that we must remember our roots. The two cars heading down the same road are like a grandfather and grandson sharing stories.
This piece is made using the prompt “dreamers”. With that in mind, you can see how that theme informs what is in the picture and how I constructed it. A picture of the tree in front of my own house turned into something confusing yet beautiful. An avatar of myself, an entity in the sky, and lighting that is out of proportion, it all feels unreal.
The sky is my canvas, and there are infinite possibilities. Looking at the sky and the shapes of the clouds is what makes the sky such an imaginative space. The sun, rain, hail or even snow is what brings a sense of imagination and creation into the pieces I make and the weather is what really influences a feeling of emotion. Adding the unusual and mysterious and offering questions that are left unanswered are someone of my favourite sources of inspiration. When I create an art piece, I find that mistakes are a big part of what makes my pieces special. I use my mistakes as starting points to create something unusual and unique. Others might not understand, but they might look at the image and see something that others don’t. Or, they might gain an emotional feeling that inspires them to find what makes it special. Music also plays a huge part in my creations. Whether it’s something playing in the background or I have my headphones in listening to my favourite song, music lets my creativity run free and helps me to discover powerful images. With everything I’ve learned and developed, I find that this piece is what represents me the most as an artist.