florian mueller simulates a dazed dreamer in a surreal, sleeping state
 

florian mueller simulates a dazed dreamer in a surreal, sleeping state

 

‘exploring dreams has always fascinated me,’ photographer florian w. mueller professes. ‘especially the dreams in which one has the impression that it could be a dream, but is not sure — just this feeling that something is wrong.’

 

with this in mind, mueller has investigated a specific aspect of sleep in his latest iteration of a project that has been ongoing for more than a year — REM. rapid eye movement is a unique phase of sleep characterized by irregular motion of the eyes, low muscle tone throughout the body, and the inclination of the sleeper to dream vividly.

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as part of the ongoing ‘REM’ project, mueller envisions an environment that is at once familiar and surreal. a densely forested landscape is seemingly ordinary, aside from a few irregular elements that would indicate to a dreamer that they were in a sleeping state. ‘the environment is not uncommon, there is no foreign body present, but something is wrong,’ mueller describes. digitally manipulated photographs of nature — barks, trunks, and overgrown vegetation — have been deliberately altered to appear out of the ordinary. floating pieces of dismembered trees float amongst the landscape, hovering between earth and sky, reality and delusion. 

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