One Fine Mess

Something in a dream.

A dream? Or, a nightmare?

Is it real? Or, something created out of nothing?

I had a sort of half awake dream a couple of nights ago. I had a little trouble falling asleep. When I finally did, I had a kind of dream almost immediately.  Or, I thought that I did.

There was someone standing next to the bed. He was dressed in old fashioned house painters clothes. White pants. White t-shirt. He may not have been a painter. That was just my impression of him.

He was just there, next to the nightstand. All I could see was his body. His head was behind the lamp. His feet were out of my line of sight. It was so real that I reached out to touch him. I couldn’t. Either my hand went through him or he backed up, out of my way. I decided to look down at his legs. There was just a sort of mist. When I looked up again, he was gone.

I have no idea if I was dreaming in deep REM state, or if I was half awake and seeing things. Eventually, I fell back asleep. Or, dreamed that I did. That was it for the dreams.

I have no idea what it means. There are different definitions of what dreams mean. I believe in the one that says a dream is an answer to a question that hasn’t been formed yet.

If the guy was really a house painter, what is the question?


Was he something else? Just because he was dressed in white pants and a t-shirt doesn’t mean that he was a painter. Maybe he was a milkman. Or, a donut delivery guy. You had to grow up in Southern California to understand that. Once there was a company called Helms Bakery. They sent their trucks far and wide to bring donuts to your door.


The picture. It’s layered. It started with a building structure. I added all sorts of layers to it. It feels a little bit like Halloween because the lamp in the window turned into a spooky red ghost.



6 responses to “One Fine Mess”

  1. Karine Avatar

    Very interesting dream… Dreams and their interpretation have always intrigued and fascinated me.
    (If you’re at all interested in interpreting your dreams, I can highly recommend this website:

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    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      I’m not really sure it was a dream. It was more like something in the middle of being slightly awake and in deep sleep where dreams lurk. I’ll have a quick look…


  2. athousandbitsofpaper Avatar

    Hi Ray – haven’t been around here in awhile and good to see you’re still taking and making great pictures – I have read a theory that everyone in your dreams are another aspect of yourself – even when they look like someone you know. Actually there is a lot of theories on dreams – they’re like this part of ourselves that we can’t control so we’re wondering what they are saying I guess.


    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      No. You haven’t been around. How are you? Hopefully, you’re doing interesting things. The dream theory that I believe in most is really Jung’s. Dreams are answers to questions that haven’t yet been formed. As you say, there are so many theories… there are no cookie cutter shapes. I read on theory that a friend suggested. I had to research dreams about dreams. That is as close as i could come. That said I’m dealing with some very painful thing in my past. That’s news to me.

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      1. athousandbitsofpaper Avatar

        Hi Ray it’s so good to be back – look forward to reading your posts and seeing your photos – I love the way you are so creative with your process and your stories too

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      2. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

        My process keeps evolving, unless I get stumped. Then, I go back to basics.

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