Agnese Kurzemniece (b. 1973, Riga, Latvia) - Inside, 2009 Drawings: Ink on Canvas
Paintings by Johan Van Mullem
THE DARK SIDE OF DREAMS
In the late 1960’s, photographer Arthur Tress began a series of photographs that were inspired by the dreams of children. Tress had each child he approached tell him about a prominent dream of theirs which Tress would then artistically re-create and photograph with the child as the main subject.
The other day, my six-year-old and I discussed the way some nightmares can seem terrifying as they happen and then become ridiculous upon waking, but they still leave you shaken.
When I was five or six, I had a nightmare about being on a boat at sea in a heavy storm. The captain of the ship was desperately fighting with the wheel. That wasn’t the scary part.
The captain had a dog’s head.
The dream was so disturbing that I remember it three decades later, but so ridiculous that even as a little kid I wouldn’t tell my parents about it.
I’m not sure there’s a point to this story, except that I wanted to play along with the photos above.