“A bittersweet homage to dream-world encounters”
Nicolas Bruno translates his terrifying visions as a victim of sleep paralysis into haunting photographs
As a victim of sleep paralysis, Nicolas Bruno finds therapeutic effect in translating the bone-chilling terror of his visions into works of art. Sleep paralysis is the transitional state between sleep and wakefulness where the body experiences muscle weakness. For Bruno, these episodes are often accompanied by terrifying visions of faceless silhouettes and the warping of reality around his paralysed body. Yet all this visceral terror has translated into mystifying works of conceptual photography. Bruno regularly jots down notes on the visions he has and later recreates them through photography and photo manipulation. The surreal and haunting photos are as Bruno said in an interview with io9, “a bittersweet homage” to his dream-world encounters.