These photos let us glimpse into American bedrooms

Mimi Launder
Thursday 12 October 2017 15:00
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Getting a peak into a stranger's bedroom is fascinating.

But tricky to do without looking like a creep - "But I wanted to see a stranger's take on interior design!" won't cut it with the police.

Thankfully, photographer Barbara Peacock has intimately portrayed bedrooms of Americans across the country in a series of striking photographs called 'American Bedroom'.

With each images comes a fragment of speech.

Peacock believes "it makes the image even more intimate and vulnerable".

Brent in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina:

I have these thoughts that culminate in my head, it took me years to get these souvenirs. I just moved into this place and all I have is an air mattress, but I stack up pillows and read and write.

Picture: Barbara Peacock(Barbara Peacock)

Karen and Christopher in Park Slope, Brooklyn:

Working hard is easy for us, but unwinding down takes time. Electronics stay out the bedroom so we can recharge the natural way, in each other's arms.

Picture: Barbara Peacock(Barbara Peacock)

Betty in Sweden, Maine:

My husband died. I can smoke in the house now.

Picture: Barbara Peacock(Barbara Peacock)

The Chase family in Merrimac, Massachusetts:

I hate my bedroom. It's so crammed and small. But we waited a long time to have kids so when we are all together, I'm happy.

Picture: Barbara Peacock(Barbara Peacock)

Elmer in Boone, North Carolina:

I have lived a life of miracles, and I shall live forever, the flesh looks wasted but the spirit is alive and well.

Picture: Barbara Peacock(Barbara Peacock)

Germaine in Westford, Massachusetts:

I can't walk far. I have to wait for everyone and everything.

Picture: Barbara Peacock(Barbara Peacock)

Nito in Cambridge, Massachusetts:

There are days I don't leave my room

Picture: Barbara Peacock(Barbara Peacock)

China in Manhattan, New York:

My mom died when I was six. I have been chasing her ghost trying to feel close to her and to find out who I am. I hope for peace one day, to find love and to have a place to live to call home.

Picture: Barbara Peacock(Barbara Peacock)

Peacock - who says she's had her camera in her hand since the age of four - says her interest lies in "the poetic resonance of ordinary subjects".

It is a tricky job to photograph subjects as truthfully as possible.

She said:

No time to plan or try to second-guess what I might want ( i.e. people cleaning up their room or getting nervous).

I prefer to get into a scene, access the direction of the light, the details and the subject and just go with my immediate intuition and inspiration. 

See the full collection here.

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