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23 Intimate Photos From Bedrooms Around The World

No two sleeping quarters are alike.

It’s said you can learn a lot about someone by looking at their bedroom.

And if that’s true, then John Thackwray knows about a lot of people. The traveling photographer has snapped portraits for his My Room Project in 1,200 intimate bedroom settings around the globe, from the heart of New York City to poor neighborhoods in Nairobi.

Room #348: Madyah Pradesh, India. Asha is a 17-year-old homemaker.
Room #348: Madyah Pradesh, India. Asha is a 17-year-old homemaker.

The photo series started as a casual way for Thackwray to study how young people live, particularly people born in the ‘80s and ‘90s. He started with friends in Paris and then moved around the world, using social media and nonprofit organizations to find his subjects, then taking photos of them and their rooms while chatting about politics, education and relationships.

Room #192: Bucharest, Romania. Andreea is a 24-year-old civil engineer.
Room #192: Bucharest, Romania. Andreea is a 24-year-old civil engineer.

“Bedroom” may not be the best term, Thackwray says, because some rooms often serve many functions for his subjects and their families. Each place has its own personality.

“I was impressed by spiritually in India, the hospitality in Russia and the craziness of the Japanese lifestyle,” Thackwray told The Huffington Post. “Every photo is a different story.”

Room #1,049: Lesotho, South Africa. Osia is an 18-year-old shepherd.
Room #1,049: Lesotho, South Africa. Osia is an 18-year-old shepherd.

Each photo in the project comes captioned with the name, age and occupation of its occupant, along with a “room number” in chronological order of Thackwray’s travels. A hundred of the photos will be featured in Thackwray’s forthcoming book, which is available for pre-order online, but even just a few make for a powerful peek at how the world rests at home. Take a look a few more:

Paris, France
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Room #24: Joseph is a 30-year-old artist.
Novosibirsk, Russia
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Room #416: Oleg is a 24-year-old telecom engineer.
La Paz, Bolivia
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Room #665: Marcello is an 18-year-old high school student.
Dallas, U.S.A.
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Room #561: Ben is a 22-year-old film student.
Manyatta, Kenya
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Room #867: Ezekiel is a 22-year-old warrior.
Tokyo, Japan
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Room #256: Ryoko is a 25-year-old information technology engineer.
Durban, South Africa
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Room #1,058: Khetiwe is 22 years old and currently unemployed.
Kathmandu, Nepal
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Room #385: Pema is a 22-year-old Buddhism student.
Cairo, Egypt
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Room #801: Azza is a 19-year-old homemaker.
Dali, China
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Room #290: Yuan is a 22-year-old salesperson.
New York, U.S.A.
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Room #219: Maleeq is a 28-year-old entertainer.
Tehran, Iran
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Room #466: Élahé is a 29-year-old painter.
Saint Catherine, Egypt
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Room #807: Mohamed is an 18-year-old student of traditional medicine.
Nairobi, Kenya
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Room #871: Alice is a 29-year-old mother.
Paris, France
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Room #54: Derek is a 30-year-old movie director.
Beirut, Lebanon
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Room #1,093: Sabrina is a 27-year-old kindergarten teacher.
Zhambyl, Kazakhstan
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Room #458: Zhalay is an 18-year-old high school student.
Berlin, Germany
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Room #571: Maja is a 22-year-old architecture student.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Room #711: Claudio is a 24-year-old archivist.
Thiès, Senegal
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Room #733: Fatou is a 17-year-old seamstress.
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