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  • For Arthur Tress, <a href="http://www.touchstonecenter.net/" target="external">the job--</a> at The Touchstone Center for Children where he gave kids masks, props and costumes and photographed them improvising dreamlike sequences--inspired his own project of capturing common childhood nightmares. <a href="http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/children-in-another-world-the-photographs-of-arthur-tress/" target="external">To See More of Arthur Tress' Work Click Here</a> and <a href="http://www.arthurtress.com/" target="external">Arthur Tress' Website</a>
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  • Tress never preplanned any image--inspiration came as he wandered around Coney Island, the Jersey Shore or the Bronx when he stumbled across things like a discarded plastic hobbyhorse or a decrepit ferryboat hauled onto a dock waiting to be restored.
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  • For research, Tress asked friends what dreams they remembered from childhood and studied dream psychology in scholarly journals.
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  • Tress would wander around New York City, finding children playing in odd locations that made for haunting backdrops--desolate piers, warehouses and trash dumps.
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  • Girl in front of Haunted House
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  • Boy Under Tin Fitting,Co Op City, Bronx
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  • Falling Dream, Coney Island
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  • Boy with Giant Ball, Catskills, NY
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  • Boy in Mud Dream, Pittsburg, Pa.
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  • Boy in Maze, Brooklyn, N.Y.
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  • Singing Chair, Sag Harbor, N.Y.
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  • Flood Dream, Ocean City
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  • Boy with Strange Ears, Riverside Park, N.Y.
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  • Girl with Doll's Head, West Virginia
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  • Hand on Train, Staten Island, N.Y.
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  • Suspended Dream, Atlantic City, N.J.
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  • Girl With Dunce Cap, New York <a href="http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/children-in-another-world-the-photographs-of-arthur-tress/" target="external">To See More of Arthur Tress' Work Click Here</a> and <a href="http://www.arthurtress.com/" target="external">Arthur Tress' Website</a>
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