Lost in a Black and White Dream

A small girl, hearts on her shirt, sparkles on her shoes, runs through a surreal landscape in my image “Lost in a Black and White Dream”. I sat with this picture for a long time before deciding to strip away the color. The landscape is real – a highly imaginative creation for a children’s garden. A place of possibility, the garden asks the visitor to suspend reality and travel beneath the earth.

Like many photographers, I superimpose memories and project my own thoughts into what I choose to photograph.

So why this girl, this place? I was drawn to her energy and utter abandon as she ran through the underground maze. For one instant she was open to our view. When I looked at the photo later, I was reminded not only of being a young girl imagining other worlds, but also of dream states. I took away the color and knew this was the image to which I was drawn. It’s a pictorial allegory of struggling to find our way through the maze of life. Yet, I believe if we wear our heart on our shirt and run with sparkles on our shoes, we will have the energy and joy we need to do what we must, and dare to do what we dream.

Published by Mary Lee Dereske

When asked what type of photographer I am, I invariably find my answer to be as fleeting as light on a subject. I love making images, I love creating books, and I love when others respond to my work. A native daughter of Michigan, I live in New Mexico and love both places.

2 thoughts on “Lost in a Black and White Dream

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: