Display shows work of a dream catcher

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Dreams, for many people, are fleeting images that are forgotten by the time their eyes open in the morning.

But, fuelling himself with late-night snacks of nuts and cheese (apparently believed to be dream inducing), University of Northampton student, Richard Devenport, has been doing whatever he can to remember those weird visions which run through the brain at night.

Not only that, but he has been actively recreating scenes from his dreams and photographing them to display as part of the latest exhibition, entitled Eleven, which is running at Collective Collaborations gallery in Market Walk, Northampton.

Including work by nine HND Photography students from The University of Northampton, the display was put together by a team made up of Richard, Peter Holmes, Kirsty Danahar and Alice Doar.

Richard included photos showing snapshots from dreams as well as those taken from a helicopter, showing the Arizona and Nevada landscapes.

The 21-year-old said: “One thing you can’t explain to people is dreams, although technology is sort of getting there.

“My four pictures are dreams with their own stories in the narrative, some are from childhood and some from the last year.

“I did research into the science side of how it works when you dream. They still don’t know why we dream but it is said there are things you don’t remember that you do so often and the brain acts as a filter system for things we don’t need to remember. But I don’t know if that is true as a lot of these things in dreams are so unique.”

Peter, aged 40, included photos showing scenes from Northampton’s central streets and from its twin town of Poitiers, in France.

He said: “I was trying to capture, in my eyes, what you would see in a week. I had four days in France and I tried to capture the essence of the place, but also try to link the places together.”

The Collective Collaborations gallery was set up in November 2011 by University of Northampton MA students, Jo Haines and Zoe Plummer. The aim of the site is to provide exhibition space to artists from the university and wider community.

Jo said: “We are going from strength to strength and support is growing with every exhibition.”

Eleven runs until June 1 on Wednesdays to Saturdays, from 10am–4pm. Free entry. Anyone interested in exhibiting can email collectivecollaborations@hotmail.com