This Is What Happened When A Victim Of Sleep Paralysis Recreated His Visions In Photographs
Spoiler: The result was a series of haunting and marvelous photographs!
Sleep paralysis is the worst nightmare a person can go through. Imagine yourself waking up from sleep and not being able to move your body, isn’t it hair-raising?
If you ask the victims of sleep paralysis, they will tell you the most frightening things like they have even experienced hallucinations during sleep paralysis.
Some of them will tell you that they can wiggle their fingers and several other small muscles which help them get back on their feet.
Photographer Nicolas Bruno is just another victim of this naturally occuring phenomenoon. He had been stuck with this scary thing since he was 15. Nicolas had been penning down notes about the hallucinations he had been visioning which were later converted into these breath-taking photographs.
Conceptual photographer Nicolas Bruno has suffered from sleep paralysis since he was 15. In confronting the visions, and feelings of fear and helplessness, that can accompany this phenomenon, Bruno has discovered that transposing the notes from his sleep-paralysis journal to his photoshoots provides him a powerful therapeutic outlet.
“I have experienced bone chilling hallucinations and extreme terror during these dreams,” he tells io9. “Faceless silhouetted figures, embraces from shadow-like hands, warping of reality around me – all while [feeling] completely paralyzed.”
“To obtain the full effect that I wish to achieve in my work, I use numerous strange props to convey conceptual meaning and mystery,” he explains. Gas masks, bowler hats, lanterns, and an assortment of other odd props, he says, have become the trademarks of his work.
“I also derive inspiration from classical and contemporary painters such as Caspar David Friedrich, Gilles Beloeil and Caravàggio.” The result is a series of beautiful, haunting, otherworldly images that Bruno calls “a bittersweet homage” to his dream-world encounters.
Bruno says one of the most rewarding things to come out of the creation of the series is the feedback he’s heard from people who identify with his work. “I have been receiving numerous messages from individuals who have experienced sleep paralysis – whether they knew what it was or not – and were able to relate to my work and share their stories with me,” he says.
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