A bedroom is very personal. It’s where you keep your most treasured items, your underwear-drawer secrets, and all of your dirty laundry— literally. Now, Barbara Peacock is giving you a first-hand look into the bedrooms of over 20 American citizens. The photos are both powerful and interesting, each showcasing the room as well as the person (or people) who live inside. They act as snapshots into a stranger’s life, finally giving us the chance to be a veritable “fly on the wall”.
The series of photos, called American Bedroom, is described by Peacock as a “succinct and frank portrayal of the hidden and transparent complexities of who we are as individuals and a nation revealed in intimate portraits taken in the bedrooms of Americans across the country.”
According to Peacock’s website, in September of this year, she was awarded the 2017 Getty Editorial Grant for American Bedroom. She plans on spending the money on travel expenses to continue the series. Here are some of the photos that won her the award.
Jon, 71, lives her with his wife, their dog Charley and 2 cats in a round house.
Elmer, 71, says he has lived a life full of miracles. “The flesh looks wasted but the spirit is alive and well.”
This little girl is getting some beauty sleep in her room full of toys.
Looks like it may be a common theme?
This photo is a freeze-frame of such a genuinely loving moment.
An aging Elvis fan remembering the past?
Nito, 35, says “Everything contains a story attached to my friends and life experiences.”
“So, despite its cluttered look, having easy access to those cherished memories is quite calming and helps me still feel close to those people and experiences.”
Carroll, 95, asleep in a hospice.
“Is this my home?” she asks.
A woman and her dog in what looks like a cozy, attic bedroom.
At first glance, I almost didn’t realize this was the same lady.
This is pretty much every fashionista’s dream room.
Winslow, 20, just moved home from Chicago, leaving everything except his cat Juno.
The redheaded boy looks really into that jump.
A man writes unknown lines in a notebook, surrounded by empty cans.
A little boy nestled in his closet with his beloved cat.
Avery, 3, “My fish is died.”
Looks like this little guy decided he wanted to be the photographer.
A woman on her bed, surrounded by personal items.
Holly & Nathan, 38 and 40, “We’ve been of the grid for 20 years.”
An older woman smoking beside her stuffed pink unicorn, doll and dreamcatchers.
A middle-aged couple lounged across their bed, the man taking up much of the woman’s space.
Josh and Rean, 38 and 38, hate their tiny bedroom but are happy to have a family after having waited so long.
Cody, 15, is stuck inside as a result of Rheumatic Fever.
Pepere, 88, remembers his widow.
If I had to guess, I would say college or bachelor life.
A man sleeps in front of a decorated Christmas tree.
Jessica, 18, says “The most important part about life is to remember you are exactly where you need to be.”
A family of three on a regular morning.
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