TRAUM photographed by Alexander Binder
Dreams are the pathway to our subconsciousness.
Sigmund Freud conceived them as an expression of the dreamer’s deepest fears and desires. And some scientists have even analyzed the similarities between the phenomenology of dreams and that of psychosis. It is this mysterious combination of neural processes, hidden fears and spiritual messages which makes dreams such a fascinating subject.
Traum tries to visualize this fine line between imagination and reality – between otherworldly beauty and subliminal fear.
The mystic, surreal landscapes of Iceland, large waterfalls, sulfuric smoke and the lava fields of Dimmuborgir built the background for Traum. The sequence of photographs moves from almost frightening, dark images to colorful works that literally pulsate with light. Traum was shot over a period of several weeks in summer 2009.