You can tell a lot about a person by looking at their bedroom. One man is taking this observation to the international scale by attempting to look at an entire generation through the intimacy and diversity of its bedrooms.
In 2010, South African-born French photographer and filmmaker John Thackwray embarked on the photographic adventure of a lifetime, traveling to 55 different countries over the span of six years to capture the living spaces of over a thousand millennials around the world.
The long-term endeavor, titled My Room Project, blends social photography and visual anthropology in a breathtaking artistic documentation of the rooms where young men and women born anywhere between the 80s and mid-90s live, sleep and dream.
“All these photographs are a testimony to the world that surrounds us,” the official website reads. “This conscious project make[s] us aware of the diversity of lifestyles, destruction of our traditions and the rise of inequalities.”
My Room Project started casually when Thackwray started taking pictures of his friends’ bedrooms in Paris before expanding to other countries where he was able to find his subjects through social media and NGOs and has now earned worldwide recognition after being featured in a number of international media outlets including BuzzFeed and The Huffington Post.
In addition to his photographic work, the photographer was also interviewing each of his subjects about a number of lifestyle-related notions such as education, local issues, religion and love.
But the journey does not stop here as Thackwray is currently in the process of compiling his top 100 most representative photos from the series alongside the respective testimonies of their subjects into a book, set to be published before Christmas in both French and English. You can pre-order your copy here.
Now let’s take a look at more outstandingly vibrant photographs for Thackwray's project.