“These photos are part of a series I’ve been working on since last December, Dreaming cities. They are a compilation of my journeys as a traveler, in a bid to explore the romanticized and sometimes unreal expectations of our travels. For instance, I’d imagined the shrines of Kyoto to be the dreamy, sakura flower’d sanctuary from an anime I’d watched. And the train rides to be rickety and filled with unknown adventures. In my mind’s eye, the Fuji San would be majestic and glowing even at night. At the Great Ocean Road, I’d imagined the skies to meet the seas in a sweeping motion, and the rocks to take on a life of their own.” – Samantha Ann Francis.