Many Are Cold, but Few Are Frozen

David Lawrence's personal blog

Sleeping among strangers


So likeable

I fell asleep in a chair by gate number 6 at Incheon airport in Seoul this morning. Luckily, the sound of my own snoring woke me up before it was time to board. The first thing I saw was the rear end of another sleepy passenger. It was a nice way to wake up.

I'd love to spend a day in an airport taking pictures of sleeping people, sprawled out in creative ways wherever they can find a space. It's amazing how they just let themselves slip into unconsciousness among hundreds of strangers, many of whom have cameras. I have a theory that people who can do this are special. They have a gift for trusting other people. I like them.

I also tried to take a picture of a sleeping girl from a Mongolian volleyball team. She was dressed in a bright red sport-suit with sky-blue socks, and her incredible length spanned the entire bench she was sleeping on. The picture came out blurry, but I kept it anyway, just for the colors.