the sleep of the beloved

95 images, taken 2010-2017

What happens to lovers while they are sleeping?
Is it a sleeping just next to each other, each on his own, or is there a
sharing of certain places or emotions? Is it a nocturnal lover’s dance, maybe a
kind of unaware performed tenderness, or does one turn the back on each other?
Is there a conjunction with the other, with one’s self?

“the sleep of the beloved” was born as my
final degree project in 2010 at the university of applied arts Vienna and had become an ongoing project, completed in 2017.

Each picture of the sleep of the lovers is one analog long exposure.

The exposing time is 6 hours, from midnight until 6 am.

The room with the bed is in my studio, I am at no time of the exposure inside the room myself.

I just light the candles, set up the stage.

all images © by Paul Maria Schneggenburger

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