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."
Sleep Paralysis-Inspired Photography
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