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Through a series of photographs, layered audio recordings and video, Sleepless examines the contradiction between our expectations about sleep and its nocturnal actuality. Sleep connotes rest, peacefulness and stillness. It is expected to recharge us in preparation for our next day's activities. The reality is starkly different. A majority of Americans get less sleep than their bodies need (9-10 hours for children and 8-8.5 hours for adults), and approximately 50-70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders. Our sleep is reduced and interrupted by the myriad nocturnal noises and activities of urban life, from the drone of our roads, highways and transportation systems to the barrage of light "noise" emitted from our street lamps, skyscrapers and neighbors.
My photographs and videos reveal a state of restlessness through the ethereal and translucent bodies which are captured during long-exposure nighttime shots. The resultant images are nighttime narratives - stories of our night's sleep which suggest a contemporary sleep crisis in our society.
Read the profile of Sleepless on Wired.com
Read the review of Sleepless in The Boston Globe
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