Photo by J.R. Blackwell

Eight Years

This photo is the first time I saw an image in my head and was able to create just as I imagined it.

I saw it in a dream one night, just this clear image, blood and feathers. When I woke up, I knew I wanted to make this image. It’s not the first image I saw in a dream, but it was the first I was able to faithfully recreate.

I took it in 2011. I started taking photos in 2003. It took me eight years and about a hundred thousand photos to figure out how to translate what I saw in my head to the screen. The only way I got here was because I never stopped trying to create what I saw.