Lonely Planet Writer

An incredible look inside the bedrooms of young people from all over the world

A photographer has shared an intriguing series of images that offer an insight into what the bedrooms of different young people from all over the world look like.

Room #24 featuring 30-year old Joseph from Paris, France.
Room #24 featuring 30-year-old Joseph from Paris, France. Image by John Thackwray
Room #192 features 24-year old Andrea from Bucharest, Romania.
Room #192 featuring 24-year-old Andrea from Bucharest, Romania. Image by John Thackwray
Room #256 featuring 25-year old Ryoko from Tokyo, Japan.
Room #256 featuring 25-year-old Ryoko from Tokyo, Japan. Image by John Thackwray
Room #807 featuring 18-year old Mohamed from Saint Catherine, Egypt.
Room #807 featuring 18-year-old Mohamed from Saint Catherine, Egypt. Image by John Thackwray
Room #243 featuring 26-year old Tosha from Los Angeles, USA.
Room #243 featuring 26-year-old Tosha from Los Angeles, USA. Image by John Thackwray

The project, which started in 2010, is called My Room and was created by French photographer John Thackwray. He travels the world interviewing different people aged 18 to 30 and takes shots that depict their intimate living spaces. It features 1000 rooms and people from over 70 countries, including France, Romania, USA, China, Japan, Iran, Kenya, India and Kazakhstan.

Room #385 featuring 22-year old Pema from Katmandu, Nepal.
Room #385 featuring 22-year-old Pema from Katmandu, Nepal. Image by John Thackwray
Room #205 featuring 29-year old Gulle from Istanbull, Turkey.
Room #205 featuring 29-year-old Gulle from Istanbul, Turkey. Image by John Thackwray
Room #458 featuring 18-year old Zhalay from Zhanbyl, Kazakhstan.
Room #458 featuring 18-year-old Zhalay from Zhanbyl, Kazakhstan. Image by John Thackwray
Room #219 featuring 28-year old Maleeq from New York, USA.
Room #219 featuring 28-year-old Maleeq from New York, USA. Image by John Thackwray
Room #290 featuring 22-year old Yuan from Dali, China.
Room #290 featuring 22-year-old Yuan from Dali, China. Image by John Thackwray

“Every photo has a different story. Convincing people to let me into their space takes a lot of time. I would say I have developed different skills to approach people and stay in the safe zone. I use social media, work with locals, and sometimes I ask people directly in the street. In every new country I need to quickly establish a safe network of trustworthy people who understand what I am doing and are willing to help me,” John told Lonely Planet News.

Room #1093 featuring 27-year old Sabrina from the Shatila Camp, Lebanon.
Room #1093 featuring 27-year-old Sabrina from Shatila, Lebanon. Image by John Thackwray
Room #416 featuring 24-year old Oleg from Novosibirsk, Russia.
Room #416 featuring 24-year-old Oleg from Novosibirsk, Russia. Image by John Thackwray
Room #1049 featuring 18-year old Osia from Selomo, Lesotho.
Room #1049 featuring 18-year-old Osia from Selomo, Lesotho. Image by John Thackwray
Room #466 featuring 29-year old Lahe from Tehran, Iran.
Room #466 featuring 29-year-old Lahe from Tehran, Iran. Image by John Thackwray
Room #711 featuring 24-year old Claudio from Rio de Janeiro. Brazil.
Room #711 featuring 24-year-old Claudio from Rio de Janeiro. Brazil. Image by John Thackwray

The series depicts the similarities and differences between how people live, the clothes they wear and the spaces that they occupy. The photographs have been placed together in a book that is due to be published in both French and English at the end of the year and is available for pre-order through John’s website.

Room #313 featuring 20-year old Fermie from Sai Ngam, Thailand.
Room #313 featuring 20-year-old Fha from Sai Ngam, Thailand. Image by John Thackwray
Room #348 featuring 17-year old Asha from Bamansemilya, India.
Room #348 featuring 17-year-old Asha from Bamansemilya, India. Image by John Thackwray
Room #665 featuring 18-year old Marcello from La Paz, Bolivia.
Room #665 featuring 18-year-old Marcello from La Paz, Bolivia. Image by John Thackwray
Room #915 featuring 22-year old Josee from Kigali, Rwanda.
Room #915 featuring 22-year-old Josee from Kigali, Rwanda. Image by John Thackwray
Room #867 featuring 22-year old Ezekiel from Manyata, Kenya.
Room #867 featuring 22-year-old Ezekiel from Manyata, Kenya. Image by John Thackwray

The project has already been exhibited in several countries including France, China, South Africa and Japan, in the form of 50 large prints and a huge mosaic the showcases the scale of the project.

More information on the My Room project is available now at John’s website.