Aerial Photos Capture Diversity of What People’s Bedrooms Look Like From Around the World

In 2010, South African-born photographer John Thackwray began a journey across the globe with his series titled My Room Project. By setting up a camera on the ceiling of each participant's bedroom, he captures the intimate details of their most private spaces and then interviews them about their lifestyles and cultures. The photographic series, which initially began with friends in Paris, has spanned thousands of rooms in over 55 countries, from Teheran and Tokyo to New York and Nepal.

By focusing exclusively on people born in the 80s and 90s, the series hones in on the hopes, dreams, and cultural attitudes of a generation. Thackwray shares, “At that time it was just a hobby, a different way of traveling. It was also a way to meet people, and it was just basically to see how people of my age live in all those countries.” From its initial beginnings, My Room Project has blossomed into a traveling international exhibition with a forthcoming book of photographs and participant testimonies that is currently available for pre-order through the photographer's website.

Through his selection of a wide range of participants—rich, poor, traditional, modern—Thackwray’s work is an anthropological testimonial to the diversity of lifestyles found in contemporary society.

Above image: ROOM#385 – PEMA – Katmandu – Nepal

ROOM#205 – GULLE – Istanbul – Turkey

ROOM#024 – JOSEPH – Paris – France

ROOM#256 – RYOKO – Tokyo – Japan

ROOM#290 – YUAN – Dali – China

ROOM#219 – MALEEQ – New York – United States

ROOM#365 – LALU – Varanasi – India

ROOM#665 – MARCELLO – La Paz – Bolivia

ROOM#466 – ELAHE – Teheran– Iran

ROOM#149 – OSIA – Ha Selomo – Lesotho

ROOM#416 – OLEG – Novosibirsk – Russia

ROOM#192 – ANDREEA – Bucharest – Romania

ROOM#829 – SALEH – Riyad – Saudi Arabia

ROOM#348 – ASHA – Bamansemilya – India

My Room Project: Website
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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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