Barbara Peacock, a photographer, travels across the USA to photograph people in their bedrooms and show off their unique ways of living.
The bedroom is the most intimate and personal space to be true to oneself. It's a place where we can unwind from the outside world and the place where we begin and end our days. This may be why seeing other people's bedrooms is so fascinating. It's like getting to know someone's real personality. Barbara Peacock, a photographer passionate about the "poetic resonances of ordinary subjects", travels across the USA to capture intimate and anthropological photos of American bedrooms. These photos are part of an American Bedroom project that showcases the diversity in American life and culture. We invite you to look at these candid photos and visit Barbara's older photos.
#1 Doris, Age 97
"My life was dramatic!" My three wonderful children are my life. My life could not be more perfect."
Overland Park, Kansas
#2 Faith, Age 9
"All things are gone. My mom keeps telling me to keep the faith Faith.
South Oroville, California
#3 Freddy, Age 67
"My bed is my time machine. I'm a traveler in my dreams."
#4 Becky And Dave, Ages 65
"We have felt the responsibility for our children for many decades. We are now on our own."
Madrid, New Mexico
#5 The Belfon Family – Meg, age 35
"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 have become the greatest gift and teacher for me and all of us."
#6 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
#7 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 I feel the most pain can easily be filled with laughter and joy because my pleasures have been earned."
#8 Lula, Age 97
"I like people, all people. If you are good, I will know."
#9 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
#10 Harry and Alan – Ages 72, 75
"After 27 years together and 4 years of marriage, our closeness has elevated to the point that being together is a total of one, as in one plus one equals one."
#11 Miss Dorothy – Age 70
"The ballet life, my passion, my love, my destiny. I am so proud that many of my students have successful careers."
(Retired Prima Ballerina from the Joffrey Ballet), Pensacola, Florida
#12 Megan, Age 6
"I'm a unicorn and a fairy."
Little Rock, Arkansas
#13 Lucinda, Age 88
"I'm alone now with my dogs."
#14 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
#15 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 in my third decade. It's as though I finally permitted myself 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."
#16 Jamie Age 44 – (Pepper, Opal, Mazy & Pearl)
“With the world moving ever so fast, these apples of my eye remind me to slow down and see the beauty in all things. They are the light."
#17 Claire And Tee, Ages 19 and 23
"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, and let them know. There is no yesterday, no tomorrow, just today." We are color blind
#18 Jeanine, Age 64
"Life is good. Paradise will rise from the ashes, and I will be part of that."
#19 Kasey, Age 7
"My bedroom is a trailer. I only sleep here with my puppy when it's too hot."
Slab City, California
#20 Chloe, Age 18
"I am considered by many to be an old soul. I feel an overwhelming sense of freedom when 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
#21 Jordan, Age 62
"I was a rebel all my life. Now I'm just an old man."
#22 Frances, Age 31
"Right now, I am my brother's age 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."
Brooklyn, New York
#23 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."
Slab City, California
#24 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 much harder. I wish I could have changed things, but I've always admired her courage and perseverance. I wouldn't trade her for anything in the world. She is my best friend."
#25 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."
#26 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?"
#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
#28 Emily, Age 23
"Home for the Holidays in a vintage bus."
#29 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."
"I’ve lived a few lives. Ultimately, it's all about the love of family and one another."