The bedroom is probably the most personal and intimate space where one can be the truest version of oneself. It is a place to relax from the outside world, the spot where we start and end the day. Maybe that's why it's also so intriguing to have a glimpse of other people's bedrooms. It's like getting to know their real personalities in a way. 

Being interested and passionate about "poetic resonance of ordinary subjects", photographer Barbara Peacock travels the USA to take intimate and anthropological pictures of average Americans in their bedrooms. These photographs are part of a project called "American Bedroom" that shows the many different living conditions and lifestyles that make up the American experience. After taking a look at these candid photographs, we invite you to check out Barbara's older photos that we previously shared here

More info: Instagram | americanbedroomseries.com | Facebook | twitter.com

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Doris, Age 97

Doris, Age 97

"My life has been dramatic! My three children are wonderful. My life couldn’t be better."
Overland Park, Kansas

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DennyS (denzoren)
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8 months ago

It's wonderful that she enjoyed her life, I hope a lot of us can say the same when the time comes.

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Barbara shared with Bored Panda that the idea of photographing people in their rooms was born in 2016: "I woke up early one morning and looked out my bedroom window to look at my garden. When I turned around I saw my husband wrapped up in blankets, bathed in beautiful golden light with his snore mask on. I had to chuckle at the dichotomy of beauty and humor. Then I thought about how I would complete the scene. It was then I realized that what we have on our side tables and around the room tells a distinct and personal story."

The photographer began to think about taking pictures of people in their bedrooms across the whole country. Most of Barbara's friends said that it was a very interesting concept. She started by photographing a few friends and some interesting people she met.

#2

Freddy, Age 67

Freddy, Age 67

"My bed is my time machine. I’m a traveler in my dreams."
Sanford, Maine

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Forrest McCanless
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8 months ago

Gorgeous room! 58, also a traveler in my dreams.

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Faith, Age 9

Faith, Age 9

"Everything is gone. My mom keeps saying: "keep the faith Faith.""
South Oroville, California

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Caro Caro
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8 months ago

Third world USA. Shame.

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It was not that easy to find people who would be willing to open their bedroom doors and be completely honest and vulnerable. Yet, to Barbara's surprise, there are plenty who would.

"When I plan a trip to a place in the US, I make an announcement on Facebook and Instagram. Many folks will reach out and say they are willing, or they have a friend, relative or neighbor. From there the contacts grow. Also, I place ads on Craigslist and I print up cards with info about the project and my contact info. I leave these cards around during my travels. I also make it a point to go to smaller towns so I can visit local diners and small shops where everyone knows everyone."

Barbara photographs everyone who wants to be in the project. That’s her rule. "You just never know how it will turn out and I meet the most interesting and diverting people. Some make me laugh and others tug at my heart and soul for days."

#4

Becky And Dave, Ages 65

Becky And Dave, Ages 65

"We felt the weight of responsibility for our children for decades. Now we are on our own. Our empty nest has reawakened the joy of freedom we had as youths."
Madrid, New Mexico

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Mazer
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8 months ago (edited)

Madrid is pretty far out in nowhere, beautiful nowhere country

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The Belfon Family

The Belfon Family

"Burning the tatter tots, cleaning up messes and getting the kids to school late is just part of life. Blending this big family is the hardest thing I have ever been a part of but the love and support has become the greatest gift and teacher, not just for me but for all of us."
Denver, Colorado.

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Mimi La Souris
Community Member
8 months ago

this photo makes me feel good, it radiates happiness

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We got curious about how the photographer manages to make people feel comfortable in front of her camera and expose their personal and intimate lives. Barbara shared that she chats with her subjects for a bit before they start. "I'm friendly and not very intimidating so it's usually easy to build a rapport. I make sure they know it is collaboration and it is their portrait as much as it is mine. I never make anyone do anything they don’t want. If my subjects are naked it is because they want to be. For many people, it is a high point in their life to show, in the most honest way possible, who they are. To take off any artifice and reveal their true nature is truly fascinating and often people just come alive."

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Dale, Age 48

Dale, Age 48

"I never wanted to be a girl, I just wanted to be a cowboy with red lipstick. Now, far away from Texas and all the religious repression of my youth, I feel powerful and finally free."
East Village, New York

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LMW
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8 months ago

His right butt cheek must be hurting putting his weight on it. The left cheek seems to be floating 🤭

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Tuesday, Age 23

Tuesday, Age 23

"It is in my life-threatening health that I have come into myself. I have already done more living than I ever imagined, way more than I was ever promised. The days when I feel the most pain can easily be filled with laughter and joy because my pleasures have been earned."

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Colin L
Community Member
8 months ago

Lovely room, and amazing sentiment!

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The photographer told us that her subjects get very excited when they see their photos in print:

"One transgender gentleman had just finished transitioning and the photograph was empowering for him and his community. When I told him it had been printed in a German magazine he was so proud and excited – I had to track down copies for him and have them shipped over. It was heartwarming. One of the most prominent photos of the 'Jessica' series has been printed in just about every country. The image of her is almost iconic - someone called her youth culture American Goddess. Also, a friend and her young family were one of my first photos of her and every time it is published she is still so excited and we try to get copies."

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Lula, Age 97

Lula, Age 97

"I like people, all people. If you are good, I will know."
Sartartia, Mississippi 

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LMW
Community Member
8 months ago

Yas Lula!! I would love to be beside you watching "Let's Make a Deal."

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Rachael, Age 9 And Aeriyna, Age 4

Rachael, Age 9 And Aeriyna, Age 4

"It’s dangerous here, we need to protect the girls. We have basic dreams, a home with running water and electricity. But, mostly a safe place for the girls to grow up." (Father)
Navajo Reservation, Kayenta, AZ

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Mazer
Community Member
8 months ago

I don’t know if BP Peeps know, but being a female, Native American on a reservation in America is literally one of the most deadly places to be. Native women are being abducted at an astonishing rate. Literally thousands of young native women are missing. It is absolutely soul crushing.

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This project has been going on for 6 years already. It's a very long period that might make it hard for people to keep being inspired. However, for Barbara, it's not like that. "Every time a door opens for me with a new subject I am completely overpowered by the newness, mystery and vulnerability of the scene. There is an aura that hangs in the air the whole time I am shooting. This is a person's life and story to be told and it is a high honor to be the one to tell it so I take it very seriously. Photography is the art form I have chosen and I am always invigorated and reborn over and over by it."

#10

Harry And Alan

Harry And Alan

"After 27 years together and 4 years of marriage, our closeness has elevated to a point that being together is a total of one, as in one plus one equals one."

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Jonathan
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8 months ago

This photo is just wrong, a TRAVESTY. Who the heck wears glasses to bed?!

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Denny Cwiek
Community Member
8 months ago

Former ballerina (I'm guessing) still beautiful surrounding herself with beauty. Lots of upvotes.

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The photographer added that the project is almost complete now – it has been 6 years since she took the first photograph and she is currently looking for a publisher for the book.

"It is also my hope to have American Bedroom in museum shows that would travel across the country. That would be the most incredible way to honor all these extraordinary American stories."

#12

Megan, Age 6

Megan, Age 6

"I’m a unicorn and a fairy."
Little Rock, Arkansas

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Mazer
Community Member
8 months ago

I believe you

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Lucinda, Age 88

Lucinda, Age 88

"I’m alone now, with my dogs."
Atlanta, Georgia

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CatGirl
Community Member
8 months ago

Awwww yisss -- goals here. Big bed? Check. Nice view? Check. Stack of books? Check Bedtime buddies? Double check

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Abagail, Age 4

Abagail, Age 4

"I’ve got my favorite blanket and kitty sheets. They make me feel happy. I don’t get mad. I’m always going to be nice."
Beaver Crossing, Nebraska

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DennyS (denzoren)
Community Member
8 months ago

That's the spirit! Don't ever let anyone take that from you.

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"With the world moving ever so fast, these apples of my eye remind me to slow down, see the beauty in all things. They are the light."

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Kelli Lindsay
Community Member
8 months ago

That's a stunningly beautiful photo

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Camille, Age 32 And Ashley, Age 31

Camille, Age 32 And Ashley, Age 31

Camille: "People have this idea that dreams are for the young, but my biggest dreams have only begun to come true now, in my third decade. It’s as though I finally gave myself permission to chase everything unabashedly, from what I believe family looks like to the sounds I want to share with the world. The world is opening up to me more every day."

Ashley: "If you told me 5 years ago that I would be a touring musician, married to my amazing and beautiful wife, and living happily in Portland, I would have cried tears of happiness. Never give up the fight for your version of happiness in this life. You won’t know the treasures that lie ahead until you’re there living them. With our powers combined, we can do anything."

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DennyS (denzoren)
Community Member
8 months ago

I needed this. I am 33 heading to 34 and I feel like I've missed everything and everyone around me got the express ticket while I was left at the station.

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Claire And Tee

Claire And Tee

"Hold on tight. Hold on to one another. Show those you love how much you love them. If you think of someone, send them a note, let them know. There is no yesterday, no tomorrow, just today."
Detroit, Michigan

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Jessica Cole
Community Member
8 months ago

Ah, to be young and in love. Beautiful.

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Jeanine, Age 64

Jeanine, Age 64

"Life is good. Paradise will rise from the ashes and I will be part of that."
Paradise, California

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Mazer
Community Member
8 months ago

Heartbreaking, no doubt a victim of the Paradise fires. Called the Camp Creek fire, started November 2018, took 86 lives. Considered to be one of the deadliest and worst natural (I have issues with it being called natural) disasters in California history, and one of the most expensive. Caused by the local electric companies faulty electric line (the utility had been cutting corners on servicing their equipment and tree maintenance all over the State resulting in fire after fire). Many people including myself think the CEOs ought to be jailed for murder. I was privy to photos of the destruction, and it was life altering just to see the photos. I hope these victims see some fair restitution soon, it’s been waaaaay too long to continue to live homeless as a direct result of negligence from a utility company

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Kasey, Age 7

Kasey, Age 7

"My bedroom is a trailer. I sleep here with my puppy, only not when it’s too hot."
Slab City, California 

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Mazer
Community Member
8 months ago

Heartbreaking. Slab City for those who do not know, is on the outskirts of the desert southwest. It’s hell on earth. I only wish the best basics for everyone.

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Chloe, Age 18

Chloe, Age 18

"I am considered by many to be an old soul. I feel an overwhelming sense of freedom when I am locked away in my bedroom in front of my drum set expressing the part of me I can’t often communicate in words."
Lake Worth, Florida

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Grant Barlow
Community Member
8 months ago

I love playing the drums. I can totally relate to this!

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Jordan, Age 62

Jordan, Age 62

"I was a rebel all my life, now I’m just an old man."
Portland, Maine

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Mimi La Souris
Community Member
8 months ago

old rebel : still rebel

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Frances, Age 31

Frances, Age 31

"Right now I am the age that my brother was when he died. My space is full of reminders of love...love that is present, love that is changed and love that I’m hopeful for. I wish I could tell you about every object in this room because each one is significant, especially the tribute to him on the shelf behind me."

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Brandon Marlowe
Community Member
8 months ago

What a calm, nice looking room. Most of the others I've seen on here make me want to go get a tetanus shot.

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Andrew, Age 31

Andrew, Age 31

"Since I left traditional society I have never been happier. I just live one day at a time and don’t worry about punching a time clock 9-5."

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Brandon Marlowe
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8 months ago

You do you, Andrew.

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Sisters Katie, Age 27 And Janie, Age 25

Sisters Katie, Age 27 And Janie, Age 25

Katie: "I would take a bullet for this beautiful woman! I can’t believe we used to hate each other. It’s never too late to be best friends. I love her."
 
Janie: "Despite being raised by the same parents our upbringing was vastly different and she had it a lot harder. I wish I could have changed things but I’ve always looked up to her courage and perseverance. I wouldn’t trade her for anything in the world. She is my best friend."

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Brandon Marlowe
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8 months ago

They look fun.

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Tom, Age 86

Tom, Age 86

"I have lived in the Carnival all my life and I have loved it. I wouldn’t change a thing except that I’m going blind making it difficult to bring up my 13-year-old daughter."
Gibsonton, Florida

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Annik
Community Member
8 months ago

He’s 86 with a 13YO daughter?

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Jane Doe, Age 51

Jane Doe, Age 51

"There’s a story on my back, It’s written in ink and carved in stone. It is my life, it keeps me strong, I’m a Meme, a Mom, a Sister and a Daughter, But the story on my back is like no other, I’ve lived through Rape, Suicide, stalking and now Murder. The evidence is in, will the jury see? Or will they take my life from me?"
Texas

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Mazer
Community Member
8 months ago

My curiosity and concern has risen dramatically

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Cody, Age 27

Cody, Age 27

"My life is all about expanding consciousness. Traveling in my van "Gaia" allows me to share her beauty and the hard work it took to create her. It brings forth a perspective that you should always chase your dreams if you truly want something, no matter how hard."
Hampton Beach, New Hampshire

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Bryce Hogencamp
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8 months ago

i'd live in a van

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Emily, Age 23

Emily, Age 23

"Home for the Holidays in a vintage bus."

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DennyS (denzoren)
Community Member
8 months ago

Gave me Chris McCandles vibes. He too searched for happiness and found it. RIP.

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Andy And Db, Ages 53 And 52

Andy And Db, Ages 53 And 52

"Beauty, heartbreak, grit and humor. Intersecting spirals, it’s tough building relationships. I love it, I hate it and then I love it again."
Pensacola, Florida

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Corey Smith
Community Member
8 months ago

It is tough. It's tougher when you are older, set in your rigid ways. Young people can build their lives together. Older people need to work extra hard to mesh their established lives, compromise on what you thought was really the right way to do things. You both really need to want it because it is so easy to just give up and stay living alone.

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Lupe

Lupe

"I’ve lived a few lives. In the end, it’s all about the love of family and one another."
Guadalupe, Arizona

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Tiny Dancer
Community Member
8 months ago

It never fails to equally impress and baffle me how you can always find that flag displayed somewhere even among scenes of the most abject poverty (just a guess here).

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