Sleep paralysis is a phenomenon in which a person caught between sleeping and waking cannot move; Nicolas Bruno, a photographer based in Northport, New York, captures the trauma of such experiences in a set of surreal images. What can only be considered waking nightmares, those who suffer from such a disorder often experience terrifying visions that they can do nothing to avoid because of the paralysis.
To illustrate such a struggle, Nicolas Bruno depicts harm coming to his protagonists as they face it, unable to avoid it. Whether that is because they are blindfolded or tied to a chair, the sense of helplessness and hopelessness is palpable. My Modern Met writes, "Nicolas Bruno is able to express himself and make something stunning and beautiful from an otherwise awful situation."
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