AN imaginative vision of the dreamworld of people with visual impairment has earned a Chester student national recognition.

BA (Hons) photography student, Alberto Gonzalez-Gabarre, has been nominated for a national 2020 Eizo Student Colour Award for his project Dreaming Blind People's Dreams, in which he drew on blind people's recollection of dreams.

For his dreamworld project, Alberto collaborated with the University of California, Santa Cruz, who gave him access to 60 years’ worth of research into dream narratives.

Alberto’s work now takes pride of place alongside fellow nominees in an online gallery of shortlisted entrants at: His images can be viewed at

The distinction is the latest in a series of accolades for Alberto, who was also nominated for the online Nationwide Degree Show featured in Instagram and joined other outstanding graduates receiving billboard exposure at:

Furthermore, he has also collaborated in ‘Seeing with an Expert's Eye’ within the Tate exchange programme, (in collaboration with perception experts at Liverpool Hope University). He is also a recipient of the University of Chester’s 2020 Valedictory Award for BA (Hons) Photography (one of a number of University of Chester awards recognising the achievements of exceptional students).

Alberto said: “Choosing to study photography at Chester was just the right choice for me. The course strikes exactly the right balance, supporting students to hone the skills that will bring out the best in their work but also liberating us to become original thinkers, expressing distinctly personal points of view. Staff have always been very encouraging and supportive.”

“Alberto's work is exemplary on a technical as well as theoretical and wider contextual level in the depth of his engagement and studentship”, said his project supervisor, Dr Cian Quayle (Associate Professor).

It was Alberto’s final-year project work at the University of Chester – exploring dreamworlds and individual perception and demonstrating how a photographic project is also a work of art - that gave rise to his collaborations with the universities and Tate Exchange.