Stuck in Holland, I've desperately missed traveling. Many nights I'd fall asleep and dream that I was in some other country. Traveling in your dreams is very much like being a fish out of water---you flop around trying to catch your breath, and while you know that the whole situation is absurd, you're in no hurry at all to wake up.
In this series, I superimpose portraits of two models, Anna Johannson and Maya Sullivan (my travel companions) and my aquatic surrogate ("the big fish") onto holiday photo's that I'd shot in year's past. Together we travel, in my imagination, to places I've enjoyed visiting in past years, and would very much like to visit again. These are presented as a series of postcards because sending postcards is an incredibly personal thing to do. Indeed, if I was actually able to send messages from my dreams, this is probably what they'd look like.
There is also a literary inspiration for this series. Anne Tyler's wonderful novel, "the Accidental Tourist", tells the story of an author who writes travel books for people who hate to travel. As he travels abroad, he gradually changes as he starts to connect with the messiness of life in other countries. Tyler's book calls attention to what we see, and what we might miss, as we wander outside our comfort zone---i.e. flopping around like a big fish out of the water.
Finally, this series pays homage to the book "To have and to be" by Gary Keuhn and Sarah Bereza. Their book contains photos of models holding a big fish as a way of illustrating the difference between what it is that we possess and who we really are.
Ultimately, who we really are is nothing more than the sum of our experiences and memories. And those memories are little more than postcard-sized electronic signals buried somewhere deep within the hidden labyrinths of our brains. Still, those postcard-sized memories of the places we've been and the people we've met play an important role in defining who we are, and just where we are, today. If you'd like to see the full series, download the PDF catalogue here.