The exhibit opened today and as Pho’s creativity and style always pique my curiosity… I headed straight there. The build is spartan but elegant and a perfect backdrop for the project where the focus is on the people and their stories (it is suggested that you change your WL settings to Sky: “PaperSnow” Water: “[TOR] Ice-like”) Each entry consists of a simple face shot and a quote from the person pictured.
The stories are insights into the people’s dreams – but it really encompassed also people’s aspirations and their regrets.
I will share with you the way that Pho describes the project in his own words in the notecard he provides at the exhibit:
Dreams. An interview and photo exhibition
When I started this project I had no idea that peoples dreams and wishes would be so much scarier, personal and moving than their fears.
I hadn’t realized how little we speak of our dreams, big or small ones, realistic or not, and how seldom we tell them to others.
Our dreams expose us, and opens our wounds and vulnerabilities. We choose our words very carefully when we do speak of them, because they’re frail and precious to us.
All dreams deserve to be spoken of, and they all deserve respect for making us who we are.
In this exhibition you will meet 15 people with very different dreams. Let them share them with you.
– Pho Vinternatt
It was really an unexpected experience – I am not going to spoil it for you by telling you who is featured (although I am sure you will know one or more of these people) or recalling any of the stories. What I will tell you simply is that I was moved. I was caught completely off guard by the vulnerability some of these people were willing to share of themselves so candidly. I was, quite literally, brought to tears by a few of them.
If there is one thing I send you to see that isn’t at all related to fashion, I would strongly encourage you to make it this project – Dreams. For me, it reinforced the truth that no matter who we are or what we achieve – be it here or in RL, we are all still struggling with the same burden of the human condition. All of these people, all of US… are just people.
Thank you to all who had the courage to share and to Pho for having the inspiration to create it.