Man with sleep paralysis captures a shadow person apparition – Icestech

Man with sleep paralysis captures a shadow person apparition

Fine art photographer Nicolas Bruno has suffered from the terrifying condition known as sleep paralysis for 10 years. Therapy for the condition ultimately led him to creative expression as a way to cope with the affliction

Sleep paralysis is a nightmarish condition that occurs while falling asleep or on awakening, leaving the sufferer completely but temporarily paralyzed. Unable to move, speak, or scream, the condition is often accompanied by vivid hallucinations.

This is the condition Bruno suffers from, and when he first began to deal with it, he turned to the Internet for answers. In his research, he stumbled across The Nightmare by Henry Fuseli (1978), a classic depiction of sleep paralysis and its associated terrors. This work of art inspired him:

The realization that he was not alone in his suffering inspired the teenage Bruno to reach out to one of the teacher at his school, who told him to start sketching as a form of release and as a way to confront his antagonists in a tangible way. Bruno took it one step further.

The result of this therapy are these beautiful, haunting composites in which Bruno casts himself both as the victim and adversary. “I definitely know when I’m in one or the other world,” he tells Creators. “I try to create that purgatory within the images that I create”.

Nicolas Bruno – Compleanno

Bruno explains how he captured the image below, titled The Escape Artist.

In my process for the image, I am all three of these characters. I am able to achieve that by putting my camera on my tripod and having a continuous shutter release, so while the camera continuously shoots, I’m able to become these different characters.

Growing up in a coastal town, Bruno’s images are influenced by memories of spending time by the sea, in the marshlands, and amidst sprawling fields.

His Italian heritage inspires his choice in titles, while his admiration of art history plants subliminal seeds of artist tributes throughout his imagery.

To hear a short interview and see a little bit of behind-the-scenes action from one of Bruno’s shoots, check out the video at the top. And if you want to see more of Bruno’s work or learn more about the Northport, New York-based artist, you can find him at his Instagram Instagramand his personal website

Related Posts

The Amerіcɑп Gᴏldfіпch: A Brіllіɑпt Beɑcᴏп іп Nᴏrth Amerіcɑ’s Avіɑп Wᴏrld

The Goldfinch, scientifically known as Spinus tristis, is a small but vibrant bird species that graces gardens and woodlands across North America. With its distinctive plumage and…

Uпvᴇiliпg the Colossal Marvᴇl: Discovᴇriпg Uпprecedeпtᴇdly Lɑrge Lobstᴇrs

A scυba diver exploriпg the clear lagooп waters off the Great Barrier Reef iп Aυstralia receпtly made aп iпcredible discovery. While diviпg, the diver came across a…

The Wondrσus Mutɑnt Butterfly That Can Chɑnge Colσrs at Will and Glσws Cσntinuously for 36 Hours to Attrɑct a Mɑte

The world is fυll of beaυtifυl aпd gracefυl bυtterflies, bυt oпe staпds oυt above the rest – the mυtaпt bυtterfly. This υпiqυe iпsect, scieпtifically kпowп as Greta…

Embrace Glitter Nails for Effortless Glam

In the world of nail art, few trends capture the essence of glamour and sparkle quite like glitter nails. With their dazzling shine and ability to transform…

How to Achieve the Dreamy Cottagecore Aesthetic in Nail Design

In the realm of fashion and self-expression, Cottagecore has emerged as a captivating aesthetic that celebrates the simple joys of rural living. This idyllic trend has transcended…

Jewel ᴏf Sᴏսth Afrіcɑп Cɑпᴏpіes, Kпysпɑ Tսrɑcᴏ

Among the verdant forests of South Africa, a bird of mesmerizing allure graces the canopy: the Knysna Turaco. With its striking plumage, vibrant hues, and melodious calls,…