Dream World: Revisiting the Surreal Urban Landscapes of Japan by Anthony Presley
Anthony Presley lives and works in Memphis Tennessee. In 2019, he received his Bachelors in Fine Arts in Studios at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Presley’s film work has been included in over 30 film festivals including the Chicago International Genre Film Festival.
His photography work has been in 20 group exhibitions. His work has been nominated and won 17 awards including the Experimental Edge Festival Photography Winner and Best Horror Short at Top Shorts Film Festival. Currently, he is working on three short films, a Photography book, and an art exhibition.
“I’ve wanted to go to Japan ever since I was a child. Its culture, nature, and architecture – I always thought those were absolutely beautiful.
In 2018, I was finally able to fulfill my childhood dream and let myself get consumed by this marvelous country. I must admit when I stepped out of the Tokyo Train station I could not stop myself from tearing up because the desire that I have been holding for the past 20 years was finally within my grasp.
Dream World is a Street/Urban Photography series that acts as a personal journal during my stay. While I documented everything I saw and experienced, I used specific developing techniques with Color to represent the Emotional state I was fulfilling this Dream. The Dream World, the act of fulfilling my oldest desire and the magical experience that I will never forget.”