Haunting photography series by Florian Mueller explores rapid eye movement sleep

Both eerie and haunting, this photography series REM, by Florian Mueller, explores our state of mind when experiencing rapid eye movement sleep. This is the unique phase of mammalian sleep characterised by random movement of the eyes, low muscle tone throughout the body, and the propensity of the sleeper to dream vividly.

Mueller explains: "Exploring dreams has always fascinated me. Especially the dreams in which one has the guess that it could be a dream, but is not sure. Just this feeling that something is wrong. Like here: the environment is not uncommon, there is no foreign body present, but something is wrong.

"Second, the photographed trunks are remnants of tree trunks. Tree trunks in a nature reserve. Of course such work is useful and necessary, but heavy skid marks and piles of tree trunks appear absurd in such an area. As absurd as 30 kilogram-heavy, floating tribes."

An established freelancer, Mueller's work has been exhibited, published and awarded worldwide. He adds, β€œIn times of an endless flood of images and greed for perfection, I see the necessity to look into an entirely different direction: the image is not enough, it is the abstraction and the individual view of the beholder, together they reach into and below the surface of customary patterns of conception.

"In this case abstraction is focused on the reduction to certain facts, forms and objects but not as an experience of pure non-objectivity. The imagination of the viewer supplements what is absent; what thematically is not dissolved receives an invisible layer through the observer.”

Discover more about the photographer's work here.

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