I don’t think I’ve ever created a Dream Window in a 24-hour period. Ever.
Last weekend, I took some star-trail pictures at Brown Tract Pond in the Adirondacks. During my three-hour time interval, a flashlight-carrying person must have walked by my camera in the middle of the night, probably on his or her way to the park lavatory, I suppose. The flashlight caused one of the exposures to illuminate the trees.
So I worked with that. Starting with that exposure – photo 8848 – I took the next 100 photos in the exposure stream, and used a formual in startrails.de called “falling stars.” The “falling stars” exposure caused the star trails to expose to a point. Absolutely breathtaking. Here’s what the exposure looks like.
Yeah, I can work with this.
Most times when I build a Dream Window, I’m picking the window first and creating the artwork based on the window. This time, I’ve got the artwork, and I need to find a window to work with it.
I had several window frames I hadn’t previously used. And lo and behold… I found one that would work. It was a simple four-panel window, it had no stained glass perimeter or curved wood paneling or anything like that. And after doing a little “window-bashing,” I came up with this egalitarian frame.
Not bad. At the same time I went through the “window-bashing” stage, I sent the prints off to FedEx Office on Wolf Road, with specific strict instructions on sizing and printout quality. Then I went to Lowe’s and asked for four panes of glass, 6 3/4 by 17 1/4 apiece.
It’s Monday morning. 5:00 a.m. This morning, actually. I called FedEx Office. “Are my printouts ready?”
“Yes, they are. Are you picking them up later this morning, sir?”
“Nah,” I yawned. “I’ll be over in 20 minutes or so.”
I brought the prints back to the Town and Village. Four panes of glass. Four prints. A window-bashed frame.
Let’s do this.
And after carefully inserting all the glass – and all the pictures – and then wiring up the back…
I hung Dream Window 12 on the wall.
Oh yeah, and I took a picture of it for all of you to see.
So here’s what I imagined for this Dream Window. It’s late at night. You’re half-awake, half-asleep, halfway between insomnia and slumberland. And the stars drift by like falling dreams, wishes granted from above, dropped down to land in a million hearts.
It’s a combination of inspiration and contemplation.
And yeah, it might not be the flashiest Dream Window out there…
But it’s definitely the most introspective.