Wednesday, July 6, 2011


Canon EOS REBEL XS, Promaster 19-35 lens @ 19mm, ISO 100, f/20, 8 sec.
Hush now don't you cry
Wipe away the teardrop from your eye
You're lying safe in bed
It was all a bad dream spinning in your head
Your mind tricked you to feel the pain
Of someone close to you leaving the game of life
So here it is another chance
Wide awake you face the day
Your dream is over or has it just begun

There's a place I like to hide
A doorway that I run through in the night
Relax child, you were there
But only didn't realize and you were scared
It's a place where you will learn
To face your fears retrace the years
And ride the whims of your mind
Commanding in another world
Suddenly you hear and see
This magic new dimension
I-will be watching over you
I-I'm gonna help you see it though
I-will protect you in the night
I-I'm smiling next to you in silent lucidity

If you open your mind for me
You won't rely on open eyes to see
The walls you build within come tumbling down
And a new world will begin
Living twice at once you learn
You're safe from pain in the dream domain
A soul set free to fly
A round trip journey in your head
Master of Illusion can you realize
Your dream's alive you can be the guide but
(I) will be watching over you
(I) I'm gonna help you see it though
(I) will protect you in the night
(I) I'm smiling next to you

  One of my all time favorite songs is Silent Lucidity by Queensryche.  When I finished processing this shot that song was the first thing that came to my mind.
  As best as I can understand, the song is about dreams, nightmares, and escaping the nightmare of reality by taking command of your dreams. That is just my take on the song lyrics. I read in some other threads that it is about the fear of death and overcoming it. Who knows?
  The good part is, no matter what it means, it is an awesome song on one of the best albums I have ever heard: EMPIRE.  Can listen to that CD over and over and over again.
  Now to the photo. The night before we left on our cruise to the Bahamas, we stayed the night in Charleston, SC. Early in the morning, the day we set sail, Jocy and I woke up at 4:30am and drove north and east of Charleston to Morris Island. My intentions were to  photograph the odd shaped lighthouse there on the beach at sunrise. Even though I took some shots of the lighthouse, the the sunrise on the beach was what I photographed more.
  I struggled quite a bit with this image due to the lack of color in the sunrise. I was bound and determined to do something with this shot because of the way the water feathers across and almost mirrors the feathering of the clouds on the horizon.  It struck me to convert it to black and white and boy am I glad I did.
  The conversion gave the image an ethereal look like something in a dream. Hence the song title. The lack of color also drew attention to the mirrored elements of the clouds and surf.
  Will have several more shots from this excursion to Morris Island in future posts.


  1. Great shot Jerry! It definitely has a dream-like feel. I'll have to check that album out sometime.

  2. Really good shot man. Love how it fades to black at the bottom of the frame. Really nice.

  3. I've got goosebumps Jerry!!! Are you KIDDING me?? Queensryche - Empire is one of my FAVORITE albums of ALL time!! I've got it in my iPhone player... right now... as I type this! Great minds think alike! What an amazing amazing photo, my friend. You nailed it perfectly with the Silent Lucidity connection here; absolutely perfectly executed.