Millennial culture and lifestyle have had quite the meta-journey. From being a topic that became the subject of disgust and disdain for the parenting generation, it has become an object of exploration for the largest pop-culture consumer base out there: the millennials themselves.
This fascination towards their own culture and the way it finds representation has seen millennials obsessing over TV shows and films (examples would be The End of Fucking World or Black Mirror, and films like To All the Boys I have Loved Before).
What started off as a cult trend has now become quite a genre in its own right, enthralling consumers of content like anything.
Amidst this, a certain South African photographer, John Thackwray started his own millennial-centric project: Project my room.
The concept is simple: “photographing young men and women born in the 80s and 90s, in the places they sleep, all around the world, and interviewing them about their lifestyle, local issues, education, religion, or love. More than a thousand candidates from 55 countries have already participated.
All these photographs bear witness to the world around us. This is a consciousness project, combining visual anthropology and social photography, which sparks awareness of the diversity of lifestyles, as well as the destruction of traditions, and the rise of inequalities.”
Thackwray spent six years curating these millennial bedroom photos, from around the world.
Each of them is taken from an aerial view and has the bedroom’s owner in it, surrounded by the paraphernalia of things they see/use in their day-to-day lives.
The photographs not only capture the essence of millennial lives and habits but also obsessions. Like the one from Brazil where the resident is absolutely bonkers about the colour red.
They capture not only socio-economic truths and cold facts about the people in them but also speak volumes about the nations themselves.
From absolutely luxurious bedrooms with multiple beds and tiled up floors to a worn-down rough floor with a simple bed, Thackwray has captured everything. The countries he has visited comprise rich, first-world nations like France and the US along with nations like Zimbabwe and India. What’s more is that he has credited all the residents by their first name in every picture.
I think the biggest thing that these photographs prove is that despite all cultural and socio-economic difference across nationalities, millennials all over the planet share some common traits. A certain tardy, colourful, and vibrant charm that all other generations before lacked is found in them.
The photos were taken almost in a template-like, aerial, bird’s eye view manner, by setting the camera up on the ceiling.
What started off as a pet hobby for capturing his other French peers and their lifestyles, soon turned into a way of life for Thackwray. Over six years from 2010 onwards, the French national has ended up travelling the world and photographing over 1200 private bedrooms, capturing numerous lives in a single frame.
His work is available for pre-order on his website.
Here are 10 millennial bedroom photos from around the world.
The millennials are absolutely obsessed with red. Everything from jerseys to wallpaper to clothes is red!
2. New York
This guy seems total into organising with his hat collection arranged neatly. At the other end of the room, however, is a pile of clothes untidily kept.
3. Saudi Arabia
A luxury shoe collection, Persian rug, and a football club theme bed sheet; typical!
Modest living quarters with bare-minimum bedding and a few utensils. It is the land of ‘simple living, high thinking.’
A minimally furnished spacious tenement and a glove collection.
This young filmmaker has made a workspace out of his bedroom in the city of passion, Paris.
Some of the most vibrant and pastel shades you will ever see.
The luxurious minimalism of this architecture student’s room shouts ‘first world developed nation’, doesn’t it?
If you love anime, this room with its loud and quiet pinks and whites shouldn’t be surprising at all.
Well, along with the beautiful people, art is in abundance in this bridge country. Look at that marvellous Turkish carpet.