â€œThe experience of the transitional state from wakefulness to sleep: the hypnagogic state of consciousness, during the onset of sleep.â€
The notion of sleep has been in my mind for quite some time now, arising as it does from my own personal struggle with sleeping. I somehow seem to have lost the ability to let go, to surrender to the need for sleep. This problem overshadows my life since my early twenties. Sleep is such a basic need that it has become a true obsession of mine.
Like all other animals, I have to feel safe before I can let go and give in to this most primeval of urges.
It seems that children have the abilty to completely surrender to sleep. I yearn for this natural affinity for sleep, which also was mine as a child; the sleep of complete and innocent trust. For this new project I photographed children in their most relaxed and comfortable sleeping postures.
I positioned the polaroids floating in front of a secondary image, capturing moonlight in various ways as a metaphor for Hypnogogia.
To me the adjoining layers underline this fragile and transitory state between being awake and asleep.