“You can be tortured by your own nightmares, and the most evil thing can even be inside the nicest of people.” Nicolas Bruno has suffered from sleep paralysis since he was seven years old, and by the time he was 15 it was happening every night.By keeping a dream journal, Bruno was able to decode his dreams into symbols, and recreate them through photography. “Water is a huge element in my work. Being below water symbolises being asleep, and above the water symbolised being awake. That expresses the feeling of being in sleep paralysis, which is when you’re stuck between being awake and asleep.”To create these photos, Bruno set his camera up on a tripod and shot on an interval timer, which meant he was able to appear multiple times in the same photograph, changing costumes and moving props; he then stitched the images together afterwards.Find out more by watching the video above.If you would like to comment on this story or anything else you have seen on BBC Culture, head over to our Facebook page or message us on Twitter.And if you liked this story, sign up for the weekly bbc.com features newsletter, called “If You Only Read 6 Things This Week”. A handpicked selection of stories from BBC Future, Culture, Capital and Travel, delivered to your inbox every Friday.
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