'Morpheus is an ongoing project i have been working on since January 2020, about dreaming and the creativity of the unconscious. There are many theories on why we have dreams. Some suggest that our unconscious imagination is linked to our mental wellbeing, and so dreams are a way of emotionally processing information. Research suggests that dreams brought on by unique circumstances (like the Coronavirus pandemic) tend to be much more vivid and intense. I thought it would be fun to test this theory by recording the quarantine dreams of 15 different individuals during lock down, comparing and analysing the nature of their dreams. I wanted to explore if (and how) these unique recent events have been manifesting in the subconscious. The results have inspired a series of different shoots based on different types of dreams.
After analysing my research I chose the five most interesting dream natures and conceptualised how to communicate each through a visual narrative, aiming them at magazines that i felt best represented the aesthetic or message I was trying to communicate. The dream natures I chose to explore were spectator dreams, black and white, recurring, metamorphosis and lucid. I thoroughly analysed these by sorting through the dream logs and cross referencing to find commonalities, looking for patterns and recurring themes. The following five editorials are a visual and psychological exploration of dreaming and the creativity of the unconscious, and a completely unique insight into dreaming under unique circumstances. I have used dreams as my base narrative but explore a wider range of current issues within each editorial.
Due to lockdown I was not able to shoot all of these projects so some are still only plans, but I will be working hard over the next year to bring my ideas to life!