My fascination with children and their uninhibited ability to express themselves with drawings led me to this photographic experiment.

I contacted the public school system and received permission from the school and parents to have the students draw their favorite dreams. Then I took portraits of the children as they wrote and talked about their dreams. The last step was to project the photographic slides of the children onto their drawings.

The drawings and text were fully created by the children and their written words were left without corrections.

I am in the process of expanding the collection to get expressions of children in other chapters such as: children in hospitals,  abused children, handicapped children, gifted children, etc.

 

 

THE WINDOW DREAM
(RACHEL, AGE 8)

I FELT SOMETHING ON MY LEG. IT WAS A BOY THAT JUMPED THROUGH THE WINDOW. HE FELL ON MY BED. I YELLED FOR MY MOM AND HE RAN AWAY WITH MY PURSE. I TOLD MY MOTHER WHEN I WOKE UP AND SHE WOULD NEVER BELIEVE ME SNAKES AND CROCKIDILES DREAM
(MARTHA, AGE 9)

ONE NIGHT IN MY MIND I SAW A CHROCIDILE AND THAT NIGHT WHEN I WENT TO BED I DREAMED THAT THE SNAKES WERE CRAWLING OVER MY STOMACH AND THE CHROCIDILES WERE AT THE DRESSER PUTTING POWDER AND LIPSTICK ON THEIR FACES. ONE OF THEM WAS IN THE BED AT THE FOOT. ONE OF THE CROCIDILES CAME OVER TO ME AND LOOKED DOWN IN MY FACE. I WINCE, I WOKE UP AND SAW A PICTURE OF A SNAKE ON THE WALL. AND I RAN AS FAST AS I COULD FROM THE ROOM. I WAS REALLY SCARED THE HOUSE IN A FIRE DREAM
(FRANK, AGE 11)

WHAT I DREAM WAS THAT I HAD TAKEN A TRIP TO NEW YORK. I WAS GOING IN AN AIRPLANE WITH MY MOTHER, FATHER, SISTER AND I. I DREAMED THAT WEHN WEE WERE HALF WAY, WE SAY A BUILDING ON FIRE. RIGHT AFTER WE WENT OVER, THE PIOLET YEILD, THE PLAN IS ON FIRE. THE PEOPLE WERE SCARED AND DIDNT KNOW WHAT TO DO. THE PIOLET SAID, PUT ON YOUR PARASHOOTS. THE PEOPLE WERE SCARED BUT THEY FINELY JUMPED. EVERYBODY WAS SAFE AND SOUND. A MAN NAMES CHARLIE DREAM
(GERALDENE, AGE 12)

MY DAD MADE ME TAKE THE GARBAGE OUT. A MAN WITH A RAKE CAE UP TO ME AND SAID HI. HE SAID HE WAS CHARLIE. HE SAID THAT HE REALLY LIKED ME AND WOULD HELP ON ME WITH A WISH. I TOLD HIM THAT I WANTED HIM TO TAKE OUT THE GARBAGE EVERYDAY FOR ME. HE WENT AWAY AND I WOKE UP AND I NEVER SAW HIM AGAIN. THE CYCLOPS DREAM
(EDDIE, AGE 10)

ONCE UPON A TIME I WAS GOING TO A CASTLE I CAME TO A MOUNTAIN AND FELT THERE WAS A CYCLOPS I TRIED TO RUN BUT THERE WAS 4 WALLS I TRIED TO GET OUT BUT I JUST COULDNT. HE GOT ME AND STARTED TO TURN ME INTO A CYCLOPS BUT I FOUND A STICK AND I THROUGHT IT AND HIT HIM IN THE EYE AND HE DIED MY MOST EXCITING DREAM
(CAROL, AGE MY DREAM WAS ABOUT A WITCH THAT LIVED ACROSS THE FIELD FROM ME. S10)

HE HAD ONE EYE AND NO NOSE BUT JUST A MOUTH. ONE NIGHT WHEN I WAS WALKING ALONG THE PATH TO THE MAIL BOX, I MET HER. NO ONE HAD EVER SEEN HER BEFORE. MY FATHER TOLD ME NEVER TO GO NEAR HER. WHEN SHE LOOKED AT ME ALL THE GRAVES OPENED AND GHOSTS CAME OUT. I SCREAMED AND YELLED UNTIL MY FATHER CAME OUT. I TOLD HIM TO RUN AWAY AND GET OUT. THE YELLOW TRAIN DREAM
(MARGARET, AGE 12)

THE NIGHT BEFORE I DREAMED THAT A YELLOW TRAIN WAS CHASING ME. THE FASTER I RAN, THE FASTER HE CAME AT ME. I JUMPED UP. I STARTED TO FLY LIKE A BIRD AND FLEW VERY HIGH. IT WAS REALLY FUN TO FLY. HE WAS MAD AND I FLEW AWAY. I WAS A BIRD FOR A WHILE UNTIL I WOKE UP AND DRESSED. HOSPITAL SICKNESS DREAM
(GENE, AGE 12)

A LONG TIME AGO I WAS IN THE HOSPITAL WITH SICKNESS. I WAS AFRAID THAT THE ANGEL WAS GOING TO TAKE ME TO HEVEN. THEN A HORSE SAID COME WITH ME. WE RODE TO JEASUS. I AM BETTER NOW. I PRAY EVERY NIGHT TO JEASUS MY MOM SAYS THAT WILL MAKE ME SAFE. ALAGATOR EATING ME DREAM
(JAMES, AGE 12)

I WAS VISITING A JUNGLE. AN ALAGATOAR WAS WATCHING ME. I FED HIM SOME PEANUTS. THEN HE JUMPED OUT OF THE WATER AND TRIED TO EAT ME. HE HAD ME IN HIS MOUTH AND WAS EATING ME WHEN A AIRPLANE CAME AND SAVED ME. I FLEW HOME WITH THE PIOLET. I WAS MOVIE STAR DREAM
(MADISON, AGE 9)

I WAS ON A STAGE AND WAS SINGING. THERE WERE LOTS OF PEOPLE WATCHING AND THROWING FLOWERS. I WAS IMPORTANT. I WAS A MOVIE STAR. I WAS IN A PERFECT LIFE TILL I WOKE UP AND HAD TO GO TO SCHOOL THE INDIAN KILLING DREAM
(MARCO, AGE 12)

I WAS IN THE WOODS AND A INDIAN CAURHT ME AND TRIED TO CUT MY HEAD OFF WITH HIS AX. HE TIED ME UP BUT I REACHED BEHIND AND UNTIED MY HANDS JUST IN TIME. I GRABBED HIS AX AND KILLED HIM. AND WOKE UP. THEN I FELT BAD BEING ON SATURN DREAM
(LUKE, AGE 12)

I WAS ON SATURN. THE RINGS WERE AMAZING BIG AND I COULD NOT BREATH. I TURNED GREEN AND FELL OVER. THE AIR WAS NO GOOD I GOT SCARED AND CALLED FOR MY DAD. HE COULD NOT HEAR ME AND I DIED. MY DAD WAS VERY SORRY I DIED HE COULD NOT HEAR ME. I WAS SAD TOO. RAINBOW OF NINE GHOSTS DREAM
(JILL, AGE 12)

MY DAD GOT MAD AND MADE ME GO TO BED. I COULD NOT SLEEP BUT THEN I DREAMED THE NEXT THING. I WAS WALKING OUTSIDE AND I SAW A RAINBOW. IT WAS ALL COLORS AND HAD 9 GHOSTS OR PEOPLE IN IT. IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL DAY. I HEARD VOICES COMING FROM THE COLORS. I LIKED THE COLORS IT WAS FUN BUT THE YELLOW COLOR SCARED ME. THEN IT WAS GONE FISHING WITH MY DAD DREAM
(ARTIE, AGE 11)

I WENT FISHING ON A LAKE WITH MY DAD. IT WAS A BLUE LAKE. WE WERE JUST TALKING. THEN HE LAUGHED SO LOUD AND HE FELL IN THE WATER. HE COULD NOT SWIM. I COULD NOT SWIM EATHER. I WAS SAD AND SCARED AND RAN HOME FAST. I WOKE UP AND RAN DOWNSTAIRS. MY DAD WAS EATING EGGS. BOY WAS I HAPPY MY FELL IN THE COPPIE MACHINE DREAM
(LARRY, AGE 10)

MY FATHER WANTED ME TO MAKE SOME COPPIES FOR HIM AT HIS WORK. THE COPPIE MACHINE WAS VERY BIG. WHOOM FILLED UP WITH PEOPLE THAT LOOKED JEN I STARTED THE COPPIE MACINE, I FELL INTO THE MACHINE. IT STARTED MAKING COPPIES OF ME AND I COULD NOT STOP IT. THE RUST LIKE ME. THEN MY FATHER CAME IN AND SHUT THE MACHINE OFF AND YELLED LARRY, WHICH ONE ARE YOU. I SAID HERE I AM BUT HE COULD NOT HEAR ME. I WOKE UP AND WAS VERY GLAD IT WAS OVER MY MONEY DREAM
(SALLY, AGE 11)

I WAS PLAYING WITH MY FRIEND. WE FOUND SOME MONEY HIDDEN IN A BIG TREE. WE BOUGHT ICE CREAM AND CANDY AND ATE IT ALL DAY. I GOT UP FROM MY DREAM AND WAS NOT HUNGRY. MY MOM ASKED ME WHAT WAS WRONG.