Dream Photography

“You ready?”

“System calibrated?”

“Got it all, now sleep and let the magic happen-“

“What about colour tracking, covered all wavelengths? D’you double check?”

“Me and four others-“

“And the pixels. Did they max out? Fifteen-hundred?”

“Last ten runs, crystal clear.”

“Shadows? Freckles? Strands of hair?”

“Like Da Vinci. We got this. Relax.”

“Okay… Make sure you wake me once it’s rendered. As soon as!”

“Promise. Now keep him in mind and let yourself sleep.”

“Is… it done? Uhnf- lemme see. He- looks…”

“Just like you.”

“Get this through to facial recog, now-“

“Already done. We’ll find your brother.”

© 2021 Rebecca Glaessner

July 1, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about “the old photograph.” What is captivating about it? Where did it come from? How does it incite a story? Go where the prompt leads!

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    1. Thanks Simon. Glad you enjoyed this one. We’re actually closer to this tech than you’d imagine too! They’re able to make a distorted video of dreams after training a program to understand the brain signals created when watching videos while awake. Then the program records the brain signals while you’re dreaming and it creates a dream video from those real life videos. It’s so cool.


    1. That’s exactly what I hoped for, thanks! Glad the tension and surprise came through. I tried not to bog myself down researching terms with this one, I wanted to keep the technical jargon to simple, concise forms so I went by memory.


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