Curious Imaginings: Dreamalities

Eerie Dreams Become Peculiar Realities in Julie de Waroquier’s Photography Series

We all have dreams that stretch far away from reality, but self-taught photographer Julie de Waroquier felt the need to change that. ‘I just have to make them real’, she told us about her series, Dreamalities, in which blurred the line between what is real and what is imagined.

Abysses
Julie prefers to shoot at locations, which carry a specific atmosphere; she finds these locations mostly near her home in Lyon, France. Her style manages to stretch our imagination, whilst retaining an element of naturalness. ‘It is the direct consequence of who we are,’ she explained. ‘That’s why my style oscillates between surrealism, dreamlike scenes and intimate shots.’

The Plus: You are a self-taught photographer and a philosophy teacher. How do these two professions influence your work?
Julie de Waroquier:
They are very different. Philosophy is about logic and demonstration, whereas photography is about freedom and creativity. However, both inspire me in their own way. Philosophical theses help me build my series and understand what is at stake in art in general.

Expanding boundaries
Haunting fears
TP: How do you get inspired for each photo and its theme or story?
JdW:
I’m generally inspired by my feelings, by everything that moves me differently than everyone else. It’s rather unconscious: the ideas usually spontaneously pop inside my mind. I just have to make them real. That is why I often understand the meaning of my pictures after I have completed them.

TP: What is the main challenge of your photography work?
JdW:
When I have an idea, especially if it is weird, I never know if it is going to work once shot. It’s difficult to make a mental picture come to life; I have to take many parameters into account (light, setting, perspectives, etc.). But the process is always exciting.

Inner cracks
Beneath the surface
TP: What programs do you use for the manipulation and the adding of the special effects to the images?
JdW:
I use Glimp or Photoshop; sometimes I only do minor adjustments, and sometimes I completely rebuild the picture.

TP: Do you have any plans for your next series?
JdW:
I’ve recently created a narrative series entitled “Doppelgänger”, which depicts a women and her imaginary friend. I’d like to explore a narrative series again, but I’m still working on the project theme.

The weight of your words
The weight of tome
The weight of groans
The web of fears
The violence behind