"In dreams, nothing is lost. Childhood homes, the dead, lost toys all appear with a vividness your waking mind could not achieve. Nothing is lost but you yourself, wanderer in a terrain where even the most familiar places aren't quite themselves and open onto the impossible."
― Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost
I started making these digital composite images when I moved to Chicago from Portland, Oregon, in the summer of 2021. I felt compelled to bring together photographs from before and after this move to create completely new landscapes and spaces that, until now, only existed in my imagination. This process became a way to transition between these two stages of my life, which also corresponded with before and after the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. I wanted to hold onto the important places and memories I had left behind while immersing myself in my new surroundings. Everywhere that I have lived or visited has become a part of me, so in many ways, these are self-portraits. However, these images are also offered as transformative spaces in which anyone may get lost, dream, and envision new realities.