Sleep, Snapped.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

My friend Megan recently wrote an essay about watching people sleep; just yesterday, she posted a link to these 1980s photographs by Ted Spagna, an exploration of the same subject. The idea of a sleep portrait is so fascinating - take a look below, and read more, here


Spagna's website calls the portraits a journey into "inner space": "Taken at fixed intervals throughout the night from a bird’s-eye view, and displayed in chronological order, the series of images reads like a silent film." 

I love that.

Photographs via George Eastman House and the Estate of Ted Spagna. Thanks, New Republic

14 comments:

Michelle {lovely little things} said...

Love these!

tara said...

I would love to see the way I sleep-I'm sure it would look ridiculous. That last picture looks like my dog Gypsy!

Anonymous said...

love discovering ted spagna's work - thank you!

Shoko said...

Tara, I would, too :)

Tarri said...

Too cool.

Nicole said...

So fascinating... I would be so creeped out if some one took pictures of my sleep, but still so fascinating. I like how vulnerable the people are. I totally hooked on Sho&tell by the way awesome blog!

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joodyjoods.com said...

This is incredible! Not sure how I'd feel about being photographed myself but love the ones of people and their pets. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

i'm such a fan of his work. thanks.

Shoko said...

Nicole, thanks so much - that makes me so happy.

Anonymous said...

I love this idea!

Kathy said...

I love that we also get to see how the dog sleeps in that last series.

Akiko said...

Such an interesting and amazing idea! I'd love to see the way I sleep. I was told that I barely move and stay in a same position, so it may be boring pics, but still.. Thanks for sharing shoko! xo akiko
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julie said...

I want to see how my dog sleeps.

Shoko said...

Julie, me, too!

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