'Sleep of the Beloved': Long-Exposure Photos of Couples Asleep

By Emily Temple

German photographer Paul Schneggenburger aims to find out whether sleeping alongside another person is a solitary act or an intimate one.

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"What happens to lovers while they are sleeping?" asks German photographer Paul Schneggenburger. "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 lovers' dance, maybe a kind of unaware performed tenderness, or does one turn their back on each other?" In Schneggenburger's gorgeous photo series, The Sleep of the Beloved, which I spotted over at My Modern Met, he takes long exposure photographs of sleeping couples, capturing them between the hours of midnight and 6am. The resulting images are ghostly, lovely, and intimate. Visit Schneggenburger's website to learn more.

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