Imagine waking up in the middle of the night, completely terrified and immobilized. You try to call for help, but you can't. You're in a waking nightmare, surrounded by horrifying hallucinations. As awful as it sounds, there are people who experience those things, with some variations. It's called sleep paralysis. An extremely talented photographer named Nicolas Bruno has been haunted by his sleep paralysis since he was 15. He has since used these nightmares and visions to inspire his surreal and conceptual photography. The 19 year-old is a student at Purchase College in New York. He is refining his photography skills there, but he took all of the photos below "with only my camera, two lenses, remote, and my tripod." He doesn't have assistances, expensive lighting or other gadgets. It's just one man and his camera.
After having such terrifying nightmares during his sleep paralysis episodes, he began writing his experiences down.
"After time, I started noting down these experiences and pulling main components of these dreams - such as silhouetted figures and chilling subject matter to create for a bittersweet homage and reenactment of these dream-world encounter." -Nicolas Bruno
By using props and his natural talent, Nicolas is able to create images that remain with you long after you view them.
"Gas masks, bowler hats, lanterns, and other odd props are the trademark of my work."
This dark, surreal art is addictive.
It's hard to look away.
What Nicolas is showing the world is full of emotion.
It's what he sees when he sleeps.
He also derives inspiration from classical and contemporary painters such as Caspar David Friedrich, Gilles Beloeil and Caravàggio.
These incredible images are just the beginning of Nicolas's work.
As he refines his craft, we can only imagine that he will push the envelope.
Although, it's already hard to imagine how he creates these incredible moments.
If you'd like to see even more of Nicolas's incredible work, visit his Facebook page or Flickr account. He also keeps his Instagram account updated with his photography - you should check it out. We're eager to see even more of his work in the future. Source: Nicolas Bruno Photography These photos were borne of terrible nightmares, but they convey so much more than fear. Their dreamlike quality is absolutely stunning. Please click the button below to share these images with others.