The Art of Sleep Paralysis

April 24, 2014

At the age of fifteen, Nicolas Bruno began experiencing sleep paralysis where he would awake from frightening nightmares completely paralyzed and often hallucinate terrifying figures with obscured faces. Bruno decided to turn his passion for photography into a sort of therapy to help him cope with the sleep paralysis. When he would awake from his nightmares, he would write them down and later use them for photographic compositions. The resulting images are hauntingly dark, but beautifully narrative with his use of costumes and props. “My artwork —it’s like an unsettling handshake with a stranger. It’s cold, strange, but once you get to know it, you’ll understand me,”explains Bruno.

Text written by Canbra Hodsdon