2536 – With My Eyes Wide Open I’m Dreaming

Right now I’m sitting on the train back to Vienna, preparing another bunch of blog posts to be published during the next week, and while I think about this particular image, I contemplate my way of seeing and of taking photographs.

Well, you know, I don’t do this to make a living. I may consider much of what I do as art, but it is not recognized in the Art world. Nobody knows me but a few friends who visit my blog more or less regularly.

And that’s OK.

I do this for me. Seeing, dreaming, creating, that has always been a part of me. For a long time I didn’t understand what this means, and often I found myself in turmoil, being torn between my two vocations, engineering and art. Not so any more. Now I know that this process of letting go of my daily troubles, of immersing myself in pure images, of dreaming myself into a completely different world, that this process is what keeps my mind sane. Well, at least I hope so 😀

Today’s image, taken in San Miniato, was pretty daunting. I was fascinated by the dreamy pattern of dappled light, but somehow it didn’t come across. In such a case there is normally the point when I try a conversion to black and white. Usually I do it manually, but this time the Lightroom preset “Infrared” did exactly what I was after.

The Song of the Day is “With My Eyes Wide Open I’m Dreaming” from Natalie Cole’s 1999 album “Snowfall On The Sahara”. Hear it on YouTube.

One thought on “2536 – With My Eyes Wide Open I’m Dreaming”

  1. Those highlights and shadows rock. They look like bokeh.

    I must admit that I find myself using photography as a form of escapism more and more as I get older. Until about one year ago I liked my day job enough that I didn’t need to view photography in that way but a lot has changed since, not only in my work place and my industry but also within myself. I find that I go to work each day more out of necessity than desire now, which is quite foreign for me. I have to say that I’m grateful that I have photography. I wouldn’t go as far as saying it’s a life saver but it’s definitely a sanity saver.

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