the Orchestration of Sleep

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In the days of tribalism men bought, traded or stole their wives and I was traded. Before I can take off my dress from another blind date I am forcing my eyes to close. But when they close all I see is a homemaker’s chief concern is to meet her family’s nutritional needs with foods they liked. I never burned a meal but I did forget to smile. He finally gave up and said you can do whatever you want. Just admit you don’t give a damn. I did try, but could not force myself to feel good. You actually have been disapproved of or rejected in spite of your efforts to improve the relationship with the other person. The words repeated as I tried to sleep on his mother’s mattress. It was a gift on our wedding day. I am too weak to heed the advice if you feel mad, pound a pillow. When I dream I think of love’s contractual liberation. Freedom is essentially freedom for self-realisation, and only self-realisation is essentially freedom. And what are you? A human being. And what follows? I should make mistakes. Right. Now sleep.

The above was written my Sarah, my model for this shoot. It's a sort of a borrowed piece because all the words come from the books pictured in the photo. These include a cookbook, a self-help book, and a religion book. :)

I really liked how this worked out, and a special thanks to my new roommate Armond for helping us out with this photo and holding Sarah's legs up. ^__^

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  1. Nick Silvestri 44 months ago | reply

    this is amazing!!

  2. Xin Lí 44 months ago | reply

    sjrgnfrioa3w. Hello I love this.

  3. Crosshatchs 44 months ago | reply

    Excellent processing and creative work casey!

  4. Rojono 44 months ago | reply

    me encanta muy chula e imaginativa

  5. HIQAYAT [deleted] 44 months ago | reply

    this is really nice! :) wonderful levitation shot

  6. Shan Sheehan 44 months ago | reply

    Artsy! I love the editing, its like a painting.

  7. Liisa Härmson 44 months ago | reply

    I reaaally like the foreground :) So creative. And the tones rock.

  8. Sun hands. 44 months ago | reply

    I love everything about this and your photography!
    you are such an inspration.

  9. Sean.Stein 44 months ago | reply

    Flying books seem very popular lately but this is one of my favorites!

  10. Casey David 44 months ago | reply

    haha. have you seen other pictures outside of mine with them recently? i don't often see any besides my own. if you wouldn't mind, link me to one or two! i'd love to see other people's. :D

  11. beth maciorowski 44 months ago | reply

    you are very creative!

  12. IPOXstudios 44 months ago | reply

    Great edit and colors!

  13. Caitlyn_Witt 44 months ago | reply

    Love the skin tones as well!

  14. Cynthia.Wong 44 months ago | reply

    I almost though the flying books in the background were.butterflies! Really great processing here.

  15. gathergoods 38 months ago | reply

    I don't know if you've been made aware or not... but you've been used - in an article about the stages of sleep, on Huffington Post. This image (quite fittingly) appears alongside the REM/dreaming stage. I followed their image credit back here, and have thoroughly enjoyed this set of photos.

    A link to the article is below... I don't know if yahoo will leave it in or not...

  16. Chiara C.G. 35 months ago | reply

    congratulation !!!!! this is a very beauty shot!!!!!!!

  17. pamgallego [deleted] 32 months ago | reply

    Very good shot! I'm also a new rebel t2i user. Do you have any tips for me on how to do this? I would appreciate your reply.

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