The Unmade Bed photo series is poignantly poetic. It centers around portraits of absence. Not only are the beds in the series unmade, they are also empty. Nevertheless, the crinkled sheets and the crumbled blankets suggest that someone had laid down in it, perhaps not even a minute prior to the shot being taken. With this in mind, the Unmade Bed series offers an intimate look at a stranger's sleeping arrangements.
Put together by photographer Joe Gerhard, the Unmade Bed series began after he took a portrait of his own one morning. He writes, "It has always seemed to me that there is something evocative about an unmade bed; something of a portrait by proxy of the person who had just slept there."