Thursday, April 02, 2009

Magical Dreamland


WalkwayNo1, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

Did you ever feel like you were in some kind of magical dreamland? Like maybe the "real" planet earth doesn't exist anymore, but you've been transported somehow to this magical mystical place? Someplace far away that's so wild it didn't even exist in your imagination. Have you ever been someplace so unreal it feels surreal?

I love it when that happens. I love the feeling of surprise, the sense of wonder. You feel like a child in a toy store or, I would imagine, like the first astronauts who blasted off into space. Up there, staring at the strange blue ball of earth from so far away, imagining what it's like for the people "down there," all working and sleeping, playing, driving their cars. It's a wonderful feeling to be so disconnected like that. It makes you almost feel reconnected in odd ways. It lets you look at your life and your world with a whole new perspective.

I always try to make some kind of "magical dreamland" even if it's only subtle. Kind of like a movie that you actually get to step into, or maybe another world, far away, that, up until know, was unfathomable.

I absolutely love it when we can catch magic like that on film. It's a surprise, it's an amazement, it's a glorious celebration of imagination brought to life, one small pixel at a time.

I think that, at its core, photography, art, film, theater, and many of the performing arts are really about escape. That sense of escape you get, the notion that you can just sort of "put your world down" for a spell, cast all of your troubles and worries aside and just enjoy something because it's so different. I think it's what we're all about sometimes.

And, then, you know, I remember that a lot of people take pictures of the grandchildren.

Until next time...

2 comments:

alantru said...

Great blog. Your photographs are really, really fabulous. The Flying Tricycle is inspiring. I wish I could say someting wise and smart about composition and angle and depth of field, or the benefits of using a tripod :) But I can't. So all I will say is... Wow!

Carol said...

Thanks, Alantru! Your blog rocks too.

"Wow," is really all anybody needs, isn't it?