Dreams of a Winter Night

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes – this sequence is taken from Geraldine Pilgrim’s Dreams of a Winter Night, an installation commissioned by English Heritage as part of the 2007 Picture House exhibition at Belsay Hall.




The final close-up of the bed not only reveals the tree emerging through broken bedsprings but also a dark figure. This reminds me of my mother who, in a delusional state, would talk of hooded figures dressed in black at the foot of her bed. Disturbing dreams of a winter night.
(click on the images to enlarge)


  1. meticulousmick · February 23, 2014

    Interesting installation Robin. MM 🍀

    • northumbrianlight · February 23, 2014

      It was John – very quirky and a delight for photographers. I have done about three other posts from the Picture House exhibition – unfortunately I don’t think there are any more to come.

  2. LaVagabonde · February 23, 2014

    Spooky and beautiful, Robin. I’ve heard a few stories of people seeing hooded figures at the foot of the bed. It’s not as unusual as it should be. That’s one experience I hope I never have.

    • northumbrianlight · February 23, 2014

      Exactly my thoughts – I have written elsewhere with a the same conclusion – “she also had visions of hooded people standing in black at the foot of her bed – please protect me from this sad end”.

  3. RobynG · February 23, 2014

    Very interesting work Robin! I love the images. Mystical and surreal yet something peaceful about them. Great work!

    • northumbrianlight · February 23, 2014

      Many thanks Robyn – Geraldine Pilgrim created something quite special.

  4. Sarah Longes - Mirador Design · February 23, 2014

    Wow, haunting, beautiful, sad…….

  5. restlessjo · February 23, 2014

    I am VERY spooked, Robin. Glad I missed this exhibition, but your shots are great 🙂

  6. littledogslaughed · February 23, 2014

    Evocative and atmospheric-what a photographer’s dream to shoot! Wonderful images and a very creative interpretation of the challenge-well done!

    • northumbrianlight · February 24, 2014

      Many thanks – Belsay Hall is the perfect setting for this type of installation, I just wish they would do more.

  7. greenmackenzie · February 24, 2014

    Wow, I love the look of this installation, and your photos of course. The whole thing feels quite haunted and dream like….

    • northumbrianlight · February 24, 2014

      Thanks Seonaid – it is always worth keeping up to date with what’s on at Belsay Hall – nothing very interesting scheduled yet but I remain hopeful. It is a perfect exhibition space.

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  12. calmas5 · February 26, 2014

    Great post. stunning images!

  13. sustainabilitea · February 26, 2014

    Wow, those are surreal images!


    • northumbrianlight · February 26, 2014

      Many thanks Janet – do you use the phrase “I slept like a log” in your part of the world 🙂

  14. Malin H · February 27, 2014

    I only have one word… WOW!!

    • northumbrianlight · February 27, 2014

      Many thanks Malin – I think there is common ground between your work and Geraldine Pilgrim’s. The second image/contruction reminded me of your ‘fallen angel’.

      • Malin H · February 27, 2014

        Thank you Robin… now that you mention it, I see a likeness too.

  15. paintandpolaroids · March 3, 2014

    Im in love with these photos. They’re so interesting.

    • northumbrianlight · March 3, 2014

      It was a photographer’s delight – most of the credit should go to the artist, Geraldine Pilgrim. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

  16. Mary Greeson · August 23, 2014

    While in the hospital, dying, my father said he saw hooded figures at the doorway. Maybe there’s more to it than delusions.

    • northumbrianlight · August 24, 2014

      There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
      Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
      Hamlet Scene V
      Thanks for stopping by Mary.

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