The Sleep of the Beloved

Few acts are more trusting than actually being able to sleep next to another person. Photographer Paul Schneggenburger explores this vulnerable act through "The Sleep of the Beloved" -  a beautiful take on long exposure photography and intimacy not often seen between couples. The questions it attempts to answer - Is sleeping next to a lover a “nocturnal lover’s dance, maybe a kind of unaware performed tenderness, or does one turn their back on each other?” Is there a sharing of certain places or emotions, or “is there a conjunction with the other, with one’s self?” - are thought-provoking and strangely romantic.

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Much like gazing upon the X-rays of a patient, this series makes me feel like an intruder in another person’s space. And yet, these exposures are both so tender and haunting that I find it difficult to look away. 

(Special thanks to my friend and talented photographer Schuyler Spilsbury for introducing me to this series. Photos via Paul Schneggenburger.)

 

 

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