Daydreamers: Photographer Captures the Sparkle of People Envisioning Happiness (PHOTOS)

Alexandra Sandu‘s blog describes her as a “photographer, storyteller and authorized daydreamer.”

The Bucharest-based artist says she spent her childhood “mostly reading, watching films and dreaming away.”

As an authorized daydreamer — and with the happiness that accompanies daydreaming on her mind, Sandu started a project in 2009, “Daydreamers,” in which she asked people to close their eyes and dream of something beautiful — and then she took their photos, which she hopes “make you smile and feel good about life.”

Sandu has a goal of shooting 1,000 dreamers, so if you find yourself in Romania, drop her a line at to be included in the project.

In the meantime, take a look at some of her Daydreamers — and smile and feel good. It’s that easy.


  • Daydreamers 1 of 26

    Photos by Alexandra Sandu

  • Adina 2 of 26

    "She was always daydreaming. She never wanted to live in the real world; she always seemed to be separated from other children her age. They couldn't understand her or her imagination. She was always thinking outside of the box, breaking rules, and only following what her heart told her was right."


    - Shannon A. Thompason

  • Lara 3 of 26

    "A daydreamer is a writer just waiting for pen and paper."


    - Richelle E. Goodrich

  • Anamaria 4 of 26

    "A daydream is a meal at which images are eaten. Some of us are gourmets, some gourmands, and a good many take their images precooked out of a can and swallow them down whole, absent-mindedly and with little relish."


    - W. H. Auden

  • Cristi 5 of 26

    "One man's daydreaming is another man's day."

    ― Grey Livingston

  • Oana 6 of 26

    "As I quietly stare off into space, eyes glazed over and brow thoughtfully taut, know that I am going about my business.  I am a storyteller.  Daydreaming is the best part of my job."


    - Richelle E. Goodrich

  • Marina 7 of 26

    "None of us ever have a legitimate reason [. . .] even to daydream about the might-have-beens or the could-bes unless those thoughts are driven to pursue Spirit and Truth, as it seems they so often are not."

    ― Joshua Butcher

  • Paul 8 of 26

    "But I was only a chaotic walker, nobody could stop me; even a totalitarian state was not able to control my daydreams, my poetic fascinations, the pattern of my walking."


    - Adam Zagajewski

  • Andreea 9 of 26

    "There are certain half-dreaming moods of mind in which we naturally steal away from noise and glare, and seek some quiet haunt where we may indulge our reveries and build our air castles undisturbed."


    - Washington Irving

  • Catalin 10 of 26

    "He does not need opium. He has the gift of reverie." 


    - Anais Nin

  • Michou 11 of 26

    "To lose one's self in reverie, one must be either very happy, or very unhappy. Reverie is the child of extremes." 


    - Antoine Rivarol

  • Bogdan 12 of 26

    "Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind."


    - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • Cosmin 13 of 26

    "I was trying to daydream, but my mind kept wandering."


    - Steven Wright

  • Sma 14 of 26

    "When ideas float in our mind without any reflection or regard of the understanding, it is that which the French call revery, our language has scarce a name for it."


    - John Locke

  • Alexa 15 of 26

    "Under every full moon, a woolgathering world idles."


    - Lorraine Skylark

  • Noa 16 of 26

    "Sometimes, in a summer morning, having taken my accustomed bath, I sat in my sunny doorway from sunrise till noon, rapt in reverie."


    - Henry David Thoreau

  • Quyn 17 of 26

    "Ah, the things we would do if we could - especially in the secure knowledge that we can't."


    - Robert Brault

  • Nicolai 18 of 26

    "I live my daydreams in music."


    - Albert Einstein

  • Octavian 19 of 26

    "Thought is the labor of the intellect, reverie is its pleasure."


    - Victor Hugo

  • Alex 20 of 26

    "Reverie is not a mind vacuum. It is rather the gift of an hour which knows the plenitude of the soul."


    - Gaston Bachelard

  • Nana 21 of 26

    "Everything starts as somebody's daydream"


    - Larry Niven

  • David 22 of 26

    "Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare."


    - Japanese proverb

  • Andi 23 of 26

    "The smartest people follow their dreams."


    - Euripides

  • Dana 24 of 26

    "We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter's evening. Some of us let these great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through bad days till they bring them to the sunshine and light which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true."


    - Woodrow Wilson

  • Alexandra 25 of 26

    "The trouble is, you think you have time."


    - Buddha

  • Cati 26 of 26

    "Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."


    - Harriet Tubman



All photos used with permission from Alexandra Sandu

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