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Delphian meanderings

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fine art dream portraitsA Dream Within a Dream

by Edgar Allan Poe

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow:
You are not wrong who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand–
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep–while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?

Childhood is full of mystery-surreal, mesmerizing, capricious. I remember mine-hours of wakeful dreams seeing the world through a distorted and free associative vision-people and animals in books seemed to come to life yet time stood still. Life was weird and feverish, scary and exciting.

In a new series of personal work I am beginning to explore an otherworldly place we have all experienced in our own childhood-both real and make believe-and a place our children need to continue to experience without adult intrusion. By creating these bizarre images based on genuine, quiet, simple childhood moments I question the distorted view of the current hunger for maudlin and effusive child portraits and non-stop documentation, glorification and posting of every minute detail of our children’s lives. The more of my created images you see, the more distorted the reality they portray becomes-just like the inundation of images we receive every day.


Lifestyle and fine art photographer specializing in kids, portraits, lifestyle, and travel for print and web.