The Art of Fatigue

I’ve recently had cause to contemplate the impact of fatigue in our modern lives. I’m not talking about run-of-the-mill tiredness here. I’m talking ‘my body and mind has ceased to obey me and it’s decided to turn my world upside down until I stop’ type fatigue.

As serendipity would have it, this series of photographs titled Let the Poets Cry Themselves to Sleep, by Adrian Storey, found their way into my inbox. The photographs capture exhausted Tokyo commuters who have fallen asleep in all manner of poses/in all manner of places, overcome as they are by sheer exhaustion.

The images are a salient reminder of the pitfalls of the contemporary hamster wheel life. They’re also a reminder of the huge gap that exists in the portable pillow market.