Nicolas Bruno ’15 Photographs His Nightmares
Nicolas Bruno ’15 (photography) experiences sleep paralysis—a strange phenomenon in which a person regains consciousness while still in REM-sleep, when dreaming occurs, but is unable to move or speak. The condition is often accompanied by visual, auditory, and sensory hallucinations.
“It’s essentially dreaming while you’re awake and you can’t do anything about it. It’s kind of like lucid dreaming, but a lot more terrifying,” he explains. He recalls experiencing shadowy hands grabbing his neck and figures looming at his bedside.
As a way to cope with the recurring condition, he decided to record his nightmares after they happened. In order to capture them quickly before they left his memory, he chose sketching over writing.