Broken Dreams. Dream or Reality

Unit 2: The Photographic Project – Dreams/Reality

 Learning Outcome 1 (LO1): Understand photographic research.

  • 1.1 Identify a subject for a photographic project.
  • 1.2 Carry out research for a photographic project.

Learning Outcome  2 (LO2) : Be able to produce a photographic project.

  • 2.1 Identify photographic resources to complete a photographic project.
  • 2.2 Produce photographic images to meet identified goals.
  • 2.3 Identify presentational forms for a photographic project.
  • 2.4 Assess the photographic project.

Learning Outcome 3 (LO3): Understand photographic practice and health and safety procedures.

  • 3.1 Identify and use safe working practices in a photographic project.

Dreams broken, in disrepair, locked away  

I was interested in ideas around unfulfilled dreams, broken dreams and dreams locked away and was attracted by images of bolts, locks, catches, chains and padlocks, windows, doors, buildings and other things in disrepair or having a forgotten air.

Dream or Reality 

The first image of the Raft posed the question for me  ‘Is this the dream or is this the dream unrealised and the reality?”

This struck me as an interesting photographic  project to explore over time as suitable images present themselves as to present a question in a photograph, asking something of the viewer – asking for interpretation is an important function of the photograph.

Some initial images exploring the theme of broken dreams, dreams in disrepair, dreams unfulfilled or locked away.


3.1 Identify and use safe working practices:  Some of these locations were isolated and I needed to be aware of my own safety from the point of view of being alone and because of the state of disrepair of the surrounding environment, for example trip hazards, sharp edges, unsafe buildings and rubbish.


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