Dreams are the pathway to our subconsciousness. Sigmund Freud conceived them as an expression of the dreamer’s deepest fears and desires. And some scientists have even analyzed the similarities between the phenomenology of dreams and that of psychosis.
It is this mysterious combination of neural processes, hidden fears and spiritual messages which makes dreams such a fascinating subject. “Traum” tries to visualize this fine line between imagination and reality – between otherworldly beauty and subliminal fear.
The mystic, surreal landscapes of Iceland, large waterfalls, sulfuric smoke and the lava fields of Dimmuborgir built the background for “Traum”. The sequence of photographs moves from almost frightening, dark images to colorful works that literally pulsate with light.
“Traum” was shot over a period of several weeks in Summer 2009.
Alexander Binder is a self-taught photographer from the Black Forest/Germany, a rural area where he was born on Halloween night 1976. Most of his works are characterized by a strong fascination for occult sciences, mystic tales, medieval woodcuts and horror-movies.