We shift consciousness now, indulging recollection and improvisation as a witness of visual narrative. Our shift is temporal, from an eternal present of lived experience into realms of once upon a time. Some of us enter through a window, some through a mirror, others through a door which closes as we pass. We may breach emotional fortress, summit into otherworldly loft, visit labyrinth, encounter a doppelganger. All that we access internally and externally in order to abide here weighs itself against capacity to suspend disbelief. No image exists without our engagement: Every image is a self portrait. Our process of entry into the flourish and patois of representation, our shift and extension of consciousness, may be re-inscribed as an arts-based inquiry.