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Photographer captures people and their bedrooms to demonstrate their various ways of living.


Barbara Peacock travels the United States photographing people and their bedrooms to demonstrate their various ways of life.

The bedroom is most likely the most personal and intimate space in which one can be the most authentic version of oneself. It is a place to unwind from the outside world, where we begin and end the day. Maybe that’s why peeking into other people’s bedrooms is so intriguing. In some ways, it’s like getting to know their true personalities.

Photographer Barbara Peacock travels the United States, taking intimate and anthropological photographs of ordinary Americans in their bedrooms, because she is interested in and passionate about the “poetic resonance of ordinary subjects.” These images are part of a project called “American Bedroom,” which depicts the various living conditions and lifestyles that comprise the American experience. After viewing these candid photographs, we invite you to view Barbara’s older photographs, which we previously shared here.

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1. Doris, age 97, is ranked first.

2. Faith, 9 years old

3. Freddy, 67 years old

4. Becky and Dave, 65 years old

“For decades, we felt the weight of responsibility for our children. We are now on our own. Our empty nest has reawakened the freedom we felt as

5. The Belfons – Meg, age 35

It’s part of life to burn the tatter tots, clean up messes, and get the kids to school late. Blending this large family has been the most difficult thing I have ever done, but the love and support has become the greatest gift and teacher, not just for me, but for all of us.”
Denver is in Colorado.

6. Dale, 48 years old

I never wanted to be a girl; all I ever wanted to be was a cowboy wearing red lipstick. Now that I’m out of Texas and the religious repression of my youth, I feel strong and finally free.”
New York’s East Village

7. Tuesday, Age 23

I’ve discovered myself through my life-threatening illness. I’ve already accomplished far more than I could have imagined, far more than I was ever promised. Because my pleasures have been earned, the days when I feel the most pain can easily be filled with laughter and joy.”
Maine’s Biddeford

8. Lula, 97 years old

I like people in general. I’ll know if you’re good.”
Mississippi’s Sartartia

9. Rachael, 9 years old, and Aeriyna, 4 years old

“This place is dangerous; we must protect the girls.” We have simple desires, such as a house with running water and electricity. However, it is primarily a safe haven for the girls to grow up.” (Father)

10. Harry and Alan – 72 and 75 years old

After 27 years together and 4 years of marriage, our bond has grown to the point where being together equals one, as in one plus one equals one.”
Florida’s Hollywood

11. Miss Dorothy – 70 years old

“Ballet is my passion, my love, and my destiny.” “I am so proud that so many of my students have gone on to have successful careers.”
(Retired Joffrey Ballet Prima Ballerina), Pensecola, Florida

12. Megan, 6 years old

“I am both a unicorn and a fairy.”
Arkansas’s Little Rock

13. 88-year-old Lucinda

I’m now alone with my dogs.”
Georgia, Atlanta

14. Abagail (age 4)

I have my favorite blanket and cat sheets. They make me feel good. I don’t get angry. I’ll always be pleasant.”
Nebraska’s Beaver Crossing

15. Camille, 32, and Ashley, 31

“People think that dreams are only for the young,” Camille says, “but my biggest dreams have only just begun to come true now, in my third decade.” It’s as if I’ve finally given myself permission to pursue everything with abandon, from what I imagine family to the sounds I want to share with the world. Every day, more of the world becomes available to me.”

“If you had told me five 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 happy tears.” Never give up the fight for your personal definition of happiness in this life. You won’t know the treasures that await you until you’re there experiencing them. With our combined abilities, we can accomplish anything.”

16. Jamie (44 years old) – (Pepper, Opal, Mazy & Pearl)

With the world moving so quickly, these apples of my eye remind me to slow down and appreciate the beauty in everything. They are the sun.”
Idaho’s Victor

17. Claire and Tee (ages 19 and 23)

“Keep your grip tight. Hold on to each other. Show your love for those you care about. Send a note to let them know if you think of someone. There is no such thing as yesterday or tomorrow; there is only today.”
We have color blindness.
Michigan’s Detroit

18. Jeanine, 64 years old

Life is wonderful. Heaven will rise from the ashes, and I will be a part of it.”
California’s Paradise

19. Kasey (age 7)

My bedroom is in the form of a trailer. I sleep here with my puppy when it’s not too hot.”
California’s Slab City

20. Chloe, 18 years old

“Many consider me to be an old soul. When I’m locked away in my bedroom in front of my drum set, I feel an overwhelming sense of freedom, expressing a part of myself that I can’t often express in words.”

21. Jordan, 62 years old

“I was a rebel my whole life, and now I’m just an old man.”
Maine’s Portland

22. Frances, 31 years old

“Right now, I am the same age as my brother when he died.” My home is full of reminders of love…love that is present, love that has changed, and love that I hope to experience. I wish I could tell you about every object in this room because they all have meaning, especially the tribute to him on the shelf behind me.”
New York, Brooklyn

23. Andrew, 31 years old

I’ve never been happier since leaving traditional society. I just take each day as it comes and don’t worry about punching a time clock from 9 to 5.”
California’s Slab City

24. Katie, 27, and Janie, 25, are sisters.

“I’d take a bullet for this beautiful woman!” says Katie. I can’t believe we used to be so antagonistic. It’s never too late to be best friends with someone. “I adore her.”
Louisiana’s Lafayette

“Despite being raised by the same parents, our upbringings were vastly different, and she had it a lot harder,” Janie says. I wish I could change things, but I’ve always admired her bravery and perseverance. I’d never trade her for anything in the world. She is my closest companion.”

25. Tom, 86 years old

“I’ve spent my entire life in the Carnival, and I’ve always loved it.” I wouldn’t change anything except that I’m going blind, which makes raising my 13-year-old daughter difficult.”
Florida’s Gibsonton

26. Jane Doe, 51 years old

My back has a story written in ink and carved in stone. It’s my life, and it keeps me going; I’m a Meme, a Mom, a Sister, and a Daughter, but the story on my back is unlike any other; I’ve survived Rape, Suicide, stalking, and now Murder. Will the jury see the evidence? Or will they take away my life?”

27. Cody, 27 years old

My life revolves around expanding consciousness. Traveling in my van “Gaia” allows me to share her beauty as well as the hard work that went into her creation. It conveys the message that no matter how difficult it is,

28. Emily (age 23)

“Holiday travel in a vintage bus.”
Michigan’s Detroit

29. Andy and Db (ages 53 and 52)

“Beauty, heartbreak, grit, and levity.” It’s difficult to build relationships when spirals intersect. I like it, then I dislike it, and then I like it again.”
Florida’s Pensacola

30. Lupe

“I’ve lived several lives. In the end, it’s all about family and love for one another.”
Arizona’s Guadalupe

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