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Somber Slumbering Snapshots

The Robert Knight 'Sleepless' Photo Series is Eerily Peaceful

— March 23, 2012 — Art & Design
The Robert Knight 'Sleepless' collection of long-exposure photography documents people sleeping -- or trying to sleep -- throughout the night. Inspired by his restless nights of insomnia after becoming a parent, the Boston-based artist tackled the extremely difficult and tedious process of photographing people's sleep patterns.

The photos are both unsettling and calming. The relaxing nature of sleep makes the picture serene, but the way that the subjects are blurred and phantom-like exudes a dark and somewhat sinister vibe. To ensure that the subject was blurred while keeping the background in focus, Knight would have the subject open the shutter before they went to sleep and close it again before day-break hit. Needless to say, each shot was a painstakingly long process.

The Robert Knight Sleepless photos are an homage to the frustrating nature of insomnia, and how darkly beautiful the tossing and turning that occurs in beds across the planet can be.



Trend Themes
1. Long-exposure Photography - Exploring the potential of long-exposure photography to capture unique and haunting images that evoke a sense of calm and unease simultaneously.
2. Insomnia Art - Recognizing the artistic possibilities in representing the nightly struggle of insomnia through photographs and other art forms.
3. Sleep Patterns Documentation - Exploring the concept of documenting sleep patterns as a means of understanding and visualizing the complexities of human sleep.
Industry Implications
1. Art and Photography - The art and photography industry can explore the use of long-exposure techniques and new ways to capture the essence of sleep and insomnia.
2. Wellness and Sleep Technology - The wellness and sleep technology industry can leverage the documentation of sleep patterns to develop innovative solutions for improving sleep quality and addressing insomnia.
3. Mental Health and Therapy - The mental health and therapy industry can utilize insomnia art as a form of visual expression and therapeutic intervention for individuals struggling with sleep disorders.
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