We may call these photographs terrifying, scary nightmares. For photographer Nicolas Bruno though, these are much more beyond just words. These are the terrors the 22 year-old photographer actually deals with. Nicolas Bruno suffers from sleep paralysis. As he enters the state of REM sleep, he ends up awake, but paralyzed.
When the human body goes into the dream phase (REM sleep), it generally paralyses itself so the person doesn’t act out the dream. For sufferers of Sleep Paralysis, the process takes a different turn. They wake up, able to see and feel their dreams as if they were happening right in front of their eyes, but unable to move.
Bruno has suffered from this problem ever since he was 15. The experience put him in fear of going to bed, which in turn led to insomnia and depression. Thankfully for him, one of his teachers suggested that Bruno document his nightmares. Bruno eventually combined these terrors with his art, recreating them in photographs. With these photographs, Bruno was able to take back control from his condition. Unlike before, he had a better medium to talk about his condition. He told CNN “I found it very hard to talk about the dreams to people before I started this process. People thought I was crazy.”
You can see more of Nicolas Bruno’s work on his website.