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Photo taken by contributor Brandon Halley, a 20-year-old fine art photography student from St. Louis, Missouri. Brandon suffers from severe anxiety and depression, and is currently in recovery from self-harm. Realizing that photography and digital art were the only ways he knew how to relieve stress in a healthy manner, he started doing it more often in hopes of being noticed and making a living off of it, all while improving himself personally.

About this photo: “Awaken is an image I themed around lucid dreaming. I dressed in PJ’s and held a teddy bear to, obviously, give a childlike feel to the image. I feel that children are more  susceptible to lucid dreaming and they lose it after reaching adulthood. I have always been fascinated with dreams and lucid dreaming.

Find more from Brandon at his website.


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16 comments on “Awaken

  1. Developing A New Image
    August 17, 2014

    Brandon…..I absolutely love this image…….One nice piece of work……keep working it, you have excited me……….monos en theos….j

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Rafal
    August 17, 2014

    Wonderful and very emotional shot! Very strong, beautiful picture

    Liked by 2 people

  3. rafalzurawel
    August 17, 2014

    Reblogged this on rafalzurawel.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. sarah barry
    August 17, 2014

    Wow love it

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Ashley Lily Scarlett
    August 17, 2014

    As beautiful as ever, Brandon.


  6. Leah Givens
    August 17, 2014

    This is wonderful…I hope to be able to show emotions so well in my photos one day.


  7. angeldustdivinity
    August 18, 2014

    Reblogged this on Esoteric Divulgence and commented:
    Stunning concept!


  8. gottagetmycamera
    August 18, 2014



  9. luro97
    August 18, 2014

    Wow! Very awesome image.


  10. kentishrev
    August 18, 2014

    Brandon, this is a wonderful photograph. The lines of focus are very powerful. Thank you.


  11. Liz Gilbert
    August 19, 2014

    Amazing. Lucid dreaming is such phenomenon that many don’t seem to appreciate. Such a dreamy photo.


  12. dreambigwords
    August 19, 2014

    This is beautifully lucid!


  13. fábio
    August 19, 2014

    Like a dream. Beautiful!!


  14. Violet
    August 21, 2014

    insane photo!!


  15. Alexa Jean
    August 27, 2014

    what a beautiful image


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