‘For I Only Needed Awakening’ is a collection of the beautiful people and places that captured my curiosity in between work trips to China from 2013-2016. I wanted to create it for my friend Fiona who made my time there so memorable and helped me to fall in love with the culture even if she didn’t realise it.
After a lot of change in both our lives this past year I thought that we could use a reminder of how great we are, how great humans are and how exciting the future will be – even if it’s at times hard to see.
There comes a point in your life when you realise what really matters, what never did, and what always will. The same can be said for who. Sometimes we just need the reminder to wake up to that.
Fiona I love you, and the world does too.
Music: Nuages – Dreams featuring The Dream of Life by Alan Watts
The Dream of Life
Lets suppose that you were able every night to dream any dream you wanted to dream, and you would naturally as you began on this adventure of dreams, you would fulfill all your wishes.
You would have every kind of pleasure, you see, and after several nights you would say, “well that was pretty great.” But now lets have a surprise, lets have a dream which isn’t under control. Well something is going to happen to me that i don’t know what it’s gonna be.
Then you would get more and more adventurous, and you would make further and further out gambles as to what you would dream, and finally you would dream where you are now.
If you awaken from this illusion, and you understand that black implies white,
self implies other, life implies death. You can feel yourself, not as a stranger in the world, not as something here on probation, not as something that has arrived here by fluke, but you can begin to feel your own existence as absolutely fundamental.
What you are basically, deep, deep down, far, far in, is simply the fabric and structure of existence itself.
– Alan Watts
Film, edit, sound and grade: Rachel Goldsworthy