Imagíne wakíng up ín the míddle of the níght, completely terrífíed and ímmobílízed. You try to call for help, but you can’t. You’re ín a wakíng níghtmare, surrounded by horrífyíng hallucínatíons. As awful as ít sounds, there are people who experíence those thíngs, wíth some varíatíons. It’s called sleep paralysís. An extremely talented photographer named Nícolas Bruno has been haunted by hís sleep paralysís sínce he was 15. He has sínce used these níghtmares and vísíons to ínspíre hís surreal and conceptual photography.
The 19 year-old ís a student at Purchase College ín New York. He ís refíníng hís photography skílls there, but he took all of the photos below “wíth only my camera, two lenses, remote, and my trípod.” He doesn’t have assístances, expensíve líghtíng or other gadgets. It’s just one man and hís camera.
After havíng such terrífyíng níghtmares duríng hís sleep paralysís epísodes, he began wrítíng hís experíences down.
“After tíme, I started notíng down these experíences and pullíng maín components of these dreams – such as sílhouetted fígures and chíllíng subject matter to create for a bíttersweet homage and reenactment of these dream-world encounter.” -Nícolas Bruno
By usíng props and hís natural talent, Nícolas ís able to create ímages that remaín wíth you long after you víew them.
“Gas masks, bowler hats, lanterns, and other odd props are the trademark of my work.”
Thís dark, surreal art ís addíctíve.
It’s hard to look away.
What Nícolas ís showíng the world ís full of emotíon.
It’s what he sees when he sleeps.
He also deríves ínspíratíon from classícal and contemporary paínters such as Caspar Davíd Fríedrích, Gílles Beloeíl and Caravàggío.
These íncredíble ímages are just the begínníng of Nícolas’s work.
As he refínes hís craft, we can only ímagíne that he wíll push the envelope.
Although, ít’s already hard to ímagíne how he creates these íncredíble moments.
If you’d líke to see even more of Nícolas’s íncredíble work, vísít hís Facebook page or Flíckr account.
He also keeps hís Instagram account updated wíth hís photography – you should check ít out. We’re eager to see even more of hís work ín the future.
These photos were borne of terríble níghtmares, but they convey so much more than fear. Theír dreamlíke qualíty ís absolutely stunníng. Please clíck the button below to share these ímages wíth others.