John Thackwray is a photographer who was born in South Africa. He probably doesn’t spend much time in his bedroom. Why? He can’t because he’s too busy taking pictures of others bedrooms!

For his photo project called “My Room Project,” he spent more than six years taking pictures of more than 1,000 people’s bedrooms in 55 different countries. His project began as a fun thing to do with friends in Paris. Since then, it’s taken him to Mexico, Russia, Nepal, and Japan. Thackwray only takes pictures of the bedrooms of people born in the 1980s and 1990s so that he can show and compare how the hopes and dreams of that age are different. He also talks to them about lifestyle, local problems, education, religion, and love, among other things. He has put together a collection of his photographs and interviews into a book that you can pre-order on his website.


More info: John Thackwray (h/t: brightside)

#1 Manyatta, Kenya, Ezekiel, 22-Year-Old Warrior

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#2 La Paz, Bolivia, Marcello, 18-Year-Old High School Student

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#3 Istanbul, Turkey, Gulle

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#4 Kingston, Jamaica, Camille

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#5 Bucharest, Romania, Andreea, 24-Year-Old Civil Engineer

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#6 Paris, France, Joseph, 30-Year-Old Artist

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#7 Tokyo, Japan, Ryoko, 25-Year-Old Information Technology Engineer

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#8 Tehran, Iran, Elahe, 29-Year-Old Painter

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#9 Zhambyl, Kazakhstan, Zhalay, 18-Year-Old High School Student

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#10 Berlin, Germany, Maja, 22-Year-Old Architecture Student

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#11 Beirut, Lebanon, Sabrina, 27-Year-Old Kindergarten Teacher

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#12 Kathmandu, Nepal, Pema, 22-Year-Old Buddhism Student

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#13 Dali, China, Yuan, 22-Year-Old Salesperson

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#14 Saint Catherine, Egypt, Mohamed, 18-Year-Old Student Of Traditional Medicine

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#15 Dallas, USA, Ben, 22-Year-Old Film Student

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#16 Teheran, Iran, Razieh

Teheran, Iran, Razieh

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#17 Paris, France, Derek, 30-Year-Old Movie Director

Paris, France, Derek, 30-Year-Old Movie Director

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#18 Lesotho, Osia, 18-Year-Old Shepherd

Lesotho, Osia, 18-Year-Old Shepherd

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#19 Novosibirsk, Russia, Oleg, 24-Year-Old Telecom Engineer

Novosibirsk, Russia, Oleg, 24-Year-Old Telecom Engineer

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#20 Sibundoy, Colombia, Marixa, 21-Year-Old Teacher

Sibundoy, Colombia, Marixa, 21-Year-Old Teacher

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#21 Cairo, Egypt, Azza, 19-Year-Old Homemaker

Cairo, Egypt, Azza, 19-Year-Old Homemaker

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#22 Nairobi, Kenya, Alice, 29-Year-Old Mother

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#23 Durban, South Africa, Khetiwe, 22-Year-Old Unemployed

#24 Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe, Ronia

Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe, Ronia

#25 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Saleh, 30-Year-Old Human Resources Officer

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Saleh, 30-Year-Old Human Resources Officer

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