Sleep deprivation can interfere with mental functions, and change your perception and state of consciousness.
With my series ‘Streets of Insomnia’ I imagined the world of my Insomnia.
Through my sleeping disorder I sometimes feel as if I live in a different world.
Lost in thought, I experience the world as an illusion.
The dreamy and almost surreal effects of this is what I try to portray in my work.
The street images I used for these series are made on the route where I made several nightly walks while not being able to sleep. Because of the fatigue those walks would seem like a dream, especially when I would wake up the next morning and I would have to go through that same park to get to school. The alienating Insomnia was then mixed with reality. The confusion, the surreal and the loneliness is what I try to portray.
These images show a poetic solitude which tells a lot about me and my experiences.
To always go through life tired and with a lack of energy can make your days quite bleak sometimes, so converting it into a poetic world and to be able to put my creativity into it is very valuable to me.
Anne Paternotte is a photographer born in 1990 in The Netherlands. She completed a film study and is now in her graduating year of her Bachelor Photography at the art acadamy in Breda.
She has had several international exhibitions and publications and is now one of the 20 selected emerging new photographers of the International Photofestival Leiden.