Sleep Paralysis Inspired This Artist to Photograph His Nightmares



For years, artist Nicolas Bruno has suffered from sleep paralysis, a terrifying condition in which he is paralyzed while experiencing vivid nightmares in his dream state. To cope, Nicolas began to recreate his nightmares with moody, surrealist photo collages, casting himself as the victim as well as the figures that torment him. We sat down with Nick to learn more about his condition, and see how he realizes the incredible images inspired by his dreams.

You can follow the artist on Instagram, @nicolasbruno

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37 thoughts on “Sleep Paralysis Inspired This Artist to Photograph His Nightmares

  • September 13, 2017 at 9:57 pm
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    btw if you think of sleep paralysis during the day or when you are gonna go to sleep there is a bigger chance of you having sleep paralysis

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  • September 13, 2017 at 9:57 pm
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    Highglow661 hour ago
    Holy * check out orbs around this guy who suffers from sleep paralysis. Interesting ;p
    (they start around 55 sec. I think)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NShTbwwRWLc
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    ⓟⓛⓐⓢⓜⓐ ᕈᒪᗩᔕᙢᗩ John Doe
    ⓟⓛⓐⓢⓜⓐ ᕈᒪᗩᔕᙢᗩ John Doe1 second ago
    wow… good catch… so many pcs around him at his house when he spoke (hard to tell at lake b/c of background color.. also he probably was not relaxed and therefor his communion/'line' to pcs was diminished (i would tend to say he 'shown'/'shined' less / less illuminated ) like many 'inspired' people (artist writers etc) looks like at least some of what is happening with 'his' art is enhanced by his communion with pcs (like those religious writers of the high coded 'bibles'/'holy books"… too bad he is drawing on a more negative type of creatures knowledge, he needs to 'kick them out' (the negative type) by speaking to them as if they were children and welcome the positive more fully…. (he is strong with the force) but artists' do seem to like their angst in fact many think this is the only way to become motivated… all the mores the pity… wasting time in negativity so they can make an impact in this archontically influenced world… i.e., people are so infected they seek out more pain/sadness/oppression/ etc. he has always been in contact with them it sounded like even probably much younger than 14..
    so basically he is another affirmation of what we both know sweet highglow… the pattern continues to expose itself b/c we are openly asking for knowledge truth love healing and bliss… of interaction with pcs (aka spirits) … knowledge once hidden from us by archontic entities are no more…

    lol… i was watching a portion of sound of music last night and even saw some there.. especially around the boyfriend of the 16 character of von trapp's daughter… why some people can do this i still think comes down to them being shiners… why fewer can recognize this comes down to those who can start to break archontic controls..

    wonderful times!!! wonderous times!!!!!

    blissful blessings 2 all beings!
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  • September 13, 2017 at 9:57 pm
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    I've experienced this phenomenon four times. My question is: is it a dream when your eyes are open, senses acute and your memory intact after the fact? "Sleep paralysis", to me, describes the non-waking dream state we all experience during dreams. This phenom is a cognitive state in which your body is paralyzed and your mind is hyper-alert. I still remember every episode crystal clear and I remember being aware of my surroundings and struggling to free myself from my frozen state. If that condition constitutes as a dream state, I would like to know how.

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  • September 13, 2017 at 9:57 pm
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    after my grandfather died I have this dream that it's his funeral but he is setting next to me and gets up and starts setting everything on fire it's been 20 years and it seems like yesterday

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  • September 13, 2017 at 9:57 pm
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    I have suffered from chronic sleep paralysis since 2005, I made a drawing. You dont get used to it. Even when you know is going to happen or it is happening it is always scary. Some I have forgotten and others I will always remember. The first one is unforgettable.

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  • September 13, 2017 at 9:57 pm
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    I only seen figures once. Used to happen to me a lot when I was younger. Not being able to move or speak was terrifying. Now when it happens maybe 2 times a year I quickly realize what is happening and just wait for it to pass. If you go through this try going to sleep with your arm above your head. Works for me, maybe I'm tricking myself into believing it works. But I do it every night.

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  • September 13, 2017 at 9:57 pm
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    I'd love to buy his book, if he ever decides to publish a book explaining his nightmares and having the pictures in it…

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  • September 13, 2017 at 9:57 pm
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    During REM state in sleep(only occurs 20 to 25% of the night) the chemicals Glycine and GABA are released into the body to paralyze you-(to stop you from acting out your dreams). This happens every night(most of us are unaware of it.) If you don't know what it is, it can be very uncomfortable!

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  • September 13, 2017 at 9:57 pm
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    While the work is nice, the idea around it is awfully cliche. Knowing art history, people have always drawn about their dreams, nightmares or drawings when they're on drugs. So seeing this kind of made me roll my eyes.

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  • September 13, 2017 at 9:57 pm
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    I used to get these episodes often. The more I feared them the worse they became, almost as if fear is their fuel. Until one day, out of pure frustration, I did the most opposite thing. I gave in, I stopped resisting. I figured if I can't move anyways, then why try, resisting makes it worse. But I do have control over my mind and therefore my emotional response and so during the attack I filled my heart with love and joy. I welcomed the "entity" with open arms and love. It was a strange feeling at first and it took effort but as soon as I felt love in my heart those entities ran away so fast it was amazing. By the next visit I was prepared. I knew how to handle myself and as it began again and felt my fear escalating I remembered what to do and again it worked! Upon awakening the feeling of empowerment was amazing. The episodes stopped abruptly, I no longer fear them, I now know exactly how to take control. I am no longer a victim. Love > Fear.

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  • September 13, 2017 at 9:57 pm
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    Does anyone else feel the intense need to tell him that his photographs are amazing? It's all so different from anything I've seen before and agh I love it!

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  • September 13, 2017 at 9:57 pm
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    What about the one where you are falling, or throw a punch to fight back but it's in slow motion ? Can't forget walking the walking through school naked dream either.

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  • September 13, 2017 at 9:57 pm
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    Interesting work. More then anything, I hope it is cathartic for him.

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  • September 13, 2017 at 9:57 pm
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    happens to me once a month or two… and for me it isn't that big of a deal, i'm pretty chill with that. i just turn my head left to right simultaneously n' then i wake up ._. (it should paralyze my entire body… but for some reason i can move my head)

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  • September 13, 2017 at 9:57 pm
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    I am so taken back my this. This guy takes this crazy scary phenomenon and instead of trying to forget it, he takes it and uses it for art to create amazing imagery.

    The process of how he does it is just as impressive and inspiring.

    So cool!

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  • September 13, 2017 at 9:57 pm
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    I get sleep paralysis often. Especially when I fall asleep on the couch or in a unusual position. Sometimes I can feel it coming. Also, got it a lot when I worked out of town. That's when I had it the worst I would hallucinate.

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  • September 13, 2017 at 9:57 pm
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    I love that you're using your artistry to inspire you and allowing you to cope with this condition. Kudos to you! It definitely gives me Salvador Dali vibes. Nice!

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  • September 13, 2017 at 9:57 pm
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    just focus on one part in your body, like a finger then a hand. the rest is you still dreaming a bit, its just you becoming aware you are in your bed. it works for me

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  • September 13, 2017 at 9:57 pm
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    Wow what a great way to channel fear into creativity. I also like the fact he said he was embarrassed to tell anyone about it. On the other hand for me I get mad at my family when I tell them I almost die and why they don't check on me when my heart is clearly try to punch through my chest

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  • September 13, 2017 at 9:57 pm
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    This is incredible wtf. It's awesome what he turned his nightmares into. I would love to see a compilation of his work

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  • September 13, 2017 at 9:57 pm
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    This is incredible wtf. It's awesome what he turned his nightmares into. I would love to see a compilation of his work

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  • September 13, 2017 at 9:57 pm
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    its happened to me on more than one occasion. ive seen weird shit. feel for this guy.

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