The Dreamer

Photo taken by contributor Samantha Pugsley, a 24-year-old conceptual fine art photographer from Charlotte, North Carolina. She first picked up a camera during her junior year of college. This was right around the time when she was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Things that were once easy became impossible for her. Getting dressed in the morning, shopping at the grocery story, driving her car…just living, was a panic attack waiting to happen. Photography helped her heal. With her camera she could start a conversation about what was going on in her head. She could say things with her images that she didn’t know how to say out loud. She still struggles with anxiety but making art helps her talk about it and manage it. She started a 365 photography project to ensure that she’d be doing what brings her joy every single day. She has noticed that her anxiety level is much lower if she spends time with her camera every day.

About this photo: “Dreams, of all kinds, are very important to me. They serve as a never-ending source of inspiration. And not just the nighttime ones. Dreaming of the future, about what I’ll be doing 5 or 50 years from today, keep me motivated and strong through whatever hardships I face. This image reflects the powerful nature of dreaming.

Find more from Samantha at her website or flickr.


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10 thoughts on “The Dreamer

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  1. Looks like she had to get down pretty close to the ground for that one! Yes. I will definitely check out her blog and give her a boo. And I know what she means. When I get behind a lens, nothing else exists for me but the moment…


  2. Reblogged this on Like A Virgin… and commented:
    I absolutely love this! Dream catchers are like the guards to a King or Queens castle. They battle away the bad and dreadful while giving us the good and blissfulness we desire. People could be in a bad situation such as the girl seems to be given her background of dark and dead leaves yet, she is sleeping with a white pillow and blanket. Making it seem as if they too are protecting her from the darkness and are covering her light, just like the dream catcher.


  3. This image has a haunting beauty. I like the contrasting colors. The ideas presented in it are contrasting as well; the background looks so dark, wild, and isolated yet she sleeps peacefully in clean white, innocently, her dreams protected.

    Good job, thanks for sharing.



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