Bright Cakes- Fuschia Orchids
Fresh, fuchsia orchids and orange calla lilies cascaded down the buttercream-frosted cake, tying in the design with the centerpieces and bouquets.
SURREAL, DREAMLIKE PHOTOS ‘FULL OF HIDDEN TREASURE AND DESIRE’
In her writings and photography, Wenxin Zhang describes her experiences of growing up in China, her current life in San Francisco, and her personal relationships, all in a voice that is melancholic and tranquil. Her series Five Nights, Aquarium tells a surreal, non-linear take that attempts to reconstruct what she describes as the inner journey she makes between her home country and San Francisco. We recently asked her to tell us more.
How would you descrie Five Nights, Aquarium?
There are feelings of estrangement, longing, confinement, and even boredom that seem to arise in this series. How is this work related to your journey between China and San Francisco and the feelings you encounter while traveling between the two places?
You describe Tokyo and California as places to dream about and imagine yourself in. How does your relationship to certain places resemble or differ from your relationship to the people in these photographs?
“In the case of people in my photographs, I regard them as my characters. When thinking or writing about the story that I want to convey, I list the types of people that I need photographs of, and then I look for them. I don’t usually direct their poses, I chat with them in an immersed way, and then capture the subtle and complex moments. The people I photographed either represent people from my past or people I met in dreams.”
Internal thoughts are somewhat difficult to capture in photographs, how do you work with this enigmatic subject matter using a medium that lends itself to a pure description of reality?
Irish photographer Donal Moloney, straying a bit from the commercial photography he usually produces, shared with us a multimedia piece he recently made called Birdie, about an older woman of the same name who passed away three years ago at the age of 94. His images are a reflection on the last years of her life and the house she left behind when no one was there to help her make that transition. Time seems to stand still in Birdie’s house; she is everywhere.
Can you tell us a bit about Birdie?
Did making this project affect you in ways that others haven’t?
By Simone Allaston |Creativity – Life Balance
The dream is the small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul, which opens to that primeval cosmic night that was soul long before there was conscious ego and will be soul far beyond what a conscious ego could ever reach.
Carl Jung – The Meaning of Psychology for Modern Man (1934)
For as long as I can remember I have always had the most vivid and incredulous dreams and nightmares. Like old friends they can be scenes that I revisit time and time again, sometimes after decades, the story carrying on from where it left off last time, twisting turning like a strange and disjointed cliff hanger. Often times the dreams can be freakish, dark and physically absorbing. I wake with sheer panic and my adrenalin filled body leaves me desperate for some other person awake to talk me down. Like a random scene from the TV show ‘Twin peaks’ (she’s dead…wrapped in plastic) the images and characters eerily dance through my inner world and speak volumes to me about where my sub conscious is at.
The one commonality I find is that without fail, if I am stressed, overly emotional or not taking the time to nurture myself …. a restless night of dramatic dreams will certainly follow.
The answer to this I find very simple. These images, crazy ideas and seeming dis-connected thoughts need respect and release on a conscious level, before they take hold unconsciously and demand attention. This absurd dialogue of my inner mind is more often than not food for fuelling my creative works.
5 tricks to keep a creative mind calm:
Let me know what dreams have inspired or motivated you into action?