Moon Singh

 The border between reality and dreams is as thin as paper. Dreams can feel so real; you wake up with your heart beating out of your chest—skin wet and sticky from cold sweat. You find yourself reeling, sitting up and staying quiet in order to try to understand what happened. Everything felt so real, but now you are awake.

Dreams are the most nonsensical things that occur to us. Some of us dream of running in a beautiful, green, flower-filled field, while others may dream of running down a dark, moist, never-ending hallway. Some dreams hold messages, while the others are just haze. This dream, however, is ever-changing and weirdly empty.

I take a lot of inspiration from a creepy pasta called The Backrooms. The Backrooms is a story that describes a liminal space of emptiness where we, the viewer, find ourselves in familiar places, but they are empty—inspiring an eerie feeling. As people, we are fascinated by the unknown and the horror genre, but then we lay in bed at night scared of what we have witnessed.

This project follows a common horror-game storyline. The protagonist (viewer) is a normal person with a normal life. One second, you are at home lazing around, and then you blink, only to find yourself in the most abnormal world you have ever imagined. The shadows pull you in and the entities creep closer and closer. How do you get back to reality?

Moon Singh is a first-generation Guyanese-Indian photographer, who was born and raised in The Bronx, New York. Moon attended the Bronx School for Law, Government, and Justice as a middle schooler, before enrolling in the High School of Fashion Industries (HSFI)—in search of a more artistic program. Moon entered HSFI as an art major, before discovering the black-and-white darkroom and becoming a photography major. Moon is also a student in the International Center of Photography’s Teen Academy Imagemakers program.

Moon is well-versed in film and digital photography, primarily taking photographs at night or in the studio. At first, Moon used the camera to capture day-to-day moments, but now incorporates more creative practices. They have professionally developed their photography as an ICP Teen Academy Imagemaker and they plan to move out of New York City to continue their education in college.