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09/29/2016 03:28 pm ET Updated Sep 29, 2016

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