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“My Room Project” Gives a Peek into People’s Bedrooms in the MENA

We often hear that one can tell a lot about another person through the items they collect. Well, it’s true, sometimes its enough to simply observe people’s lifestyles to know much about them. In 2010, South African-born John Thackwray started his long-term photography project, the “My Room Project,” to capture the exact essence of how people live and think differently.

Photo Credit: My Room Project | Elahe, Teheran– Iran.

What started as simple photos with John’s friends in Paris expanded into something much bigger. The idea of the project is very simple. Young men and women born in the 80’s and 90’s from all over the world were photographed in the places they sleep. These people are also interviewed about lifestyle, local issues, education, religion, or love. From France to Mexico to the MENA region, John managed to provide a diverse landscape for his upcoming book of these photographs.

Here are a few more peeks inside the rooms of people from the MENA region:


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Photo Credit: My Room Project | Saleh – Riyad, Saudi Arabia.

You can learn the most about someone from what you find in their bedroom and according to the photographer’s website,

“All these photographs are a testimony to the world that surrounds us. Combining visual anthropology and social photography, this conscious project make us aware of the diversity of lifestyles, destruction of our traditions and the rise of inequalities.”


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Photo Credit: My Room Project | Mohammad-Saint-Kэtrin, Egypt.
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Photo Credit: My Room Project | Esraa-Cairo-Egypt

Convincing people to let someone photograph them in their most private space wasn’t easy! So he used social media and NGOs, and rare random street approaches, to find the right people.

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Photo Credit: My Room Project | RAZIEH-Teheran, Iran


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Photo Credit: My Room Project | Sabrina-Shatila, Lebanon

Each photo provides insight into how these people live. Each room accessory, or lack thereof, gives us tidbits of information on who these people are. You can see the rest of the photographs of the My Room Project, as they will be published in a book scheduled for late 2016, and are currently available for pre-order.

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Israa Elkhatib

I was born in Palestine but raised with the fireflies in Georgia. My teenage years were spent being the Muslim nerd who was known as the bookworm of the school. That followed me back to Palestine, to develop into being the girl with the big vocabulary. I spent most of my high-school days cursing Newton for not eating that apple. My English Literature Bachelor's degree was only obtained because I'm a nerd for literature and my minor in Translation pretty much pays the bills, thank you Birzeit University.Creative writing is my passion and reading is my escape from reality into a world where everything is the way you imagine it to be.

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