Long Exposures Of Couples Sleeping Tell An Interesting Story

If these were airplanes, it would be an air traffic control nightmare! Photographer Paul Schneggenburger wanted to find out how people behave once they are asleep. The end result was that he found it much like a dance in slow motion. If you've seen long exposure shots of dances, they reflect a similar feel. It gave a unique insight to how couples also interact in bed while they're asleep. 

“Is it a nocturnal lovers’ dance - which is not necessarily sensual, but rather a kind of unconscious act of tenderness - or are they turning their backs on each other?”

His process started by asking to photograph his friends as they slept. Then, he progressed to complete strangers. He was always impressed with every single outcome, as they were completely unique.

It's intruiging to compare the differences between people and collectively as couples. I wonder if these movements give an insight about their personalities as well.


Lutz/ Der Liebenden Schlaf

Max_Olga/ Der Liebenden Schlaf

Edgar/Der Liebenden Schlaf

Maria Nostanik/ Der Liebenden Schlaf

Guschelbauer/ Der Liebenden Schlaf

Zwillinge/ Der Liebenden Schlaf

Geli_Inder/ Der Liebenden Schlaf

Milena_Paul/ Der Liebenden Schlaf

Elisabeth_Thomas/Der Liebenden Schlaf

Isabella_Szendzielorz/ Der Liebenden Schlaf

Read more of the story from Paul's perspective at CNN. Be sure to also see more of Paul's work at his website: http://www.schneggenburger.at/

[Via My Modern Met]

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Jaron Schneider's picture

This is totally cool. 

Rob's picture

I saw this movie... The Devil's Advocate if I'm not mistaken.

Nick Sakowski's picture

that is the most interesting concept! i love it!

robsydor's picture

awesome concept

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Michael Dixon-Brooks's picture

Ha ha Mike, wife and I usually wrapped around each other when we sleep, and we've been married 15 years.

Von Wong's picture

very neat. u know what would go viral? long exposure of cats sleeping. 

Tim Gallo's picture

reminds me of Antonio D`Agata`s work.