An asian in a dark suit sleeping on some steps, same group of asians in white suits staring at him.

A Waking Dream

One of my favorite philosophical questions to ponder is: “How can I tell if the reality I’m seeing is real?” Or as Descartes described it, “How do we know we’re awake in real life, or just living in a dream?”

As an artist, this is a question that I often allude to in my work, particularly in regards to the authority society gives photographs over what is perceive as “real.” A Waking Dream directly draws its inspiration from this relationship between photography and our perceptions of reality.

When I look at A Waking Dream, it makes me wonder if I’m one of the guys watching the dreamer inside his dream. Or if I myself am the dreamer, being watched by all these other assholes while I sleep.

This image is currently available as a fine art print in my ART SHOP, or via Carroll and Sons Gallery in Boston.

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