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August 15, 2011


Most of us don't get enough sleep. "As the world is getting faster and crazier, I've noticed sleepers around the streets, just everywhere," writes photographer Romain Philippon. "Of course, I also see some poetry and dreamings in all of that, but the contrast is so interesting to me, people trying to escape to their condition…" Philippon is self-publishing a book on the topic called "Inconscience". The first eight photographs in this entry are from that book. Collected here as well are more photographs of people everywhere lucky enough to find a few winks. -- Lane Turner (32 photos total)

Delivery man, in front of a shop, Kolkata, India © Romain Philippon

A tool seller in a market, Phnom Penh, Cambodia © Romain Philippon #

Man asleep in public transport, Lao © Romain Philippon #

Shop owner, Jaipur, India © Romain Philippon #

Sleeping taxi driver, waiting for clients. Kolkata, India © Romain Philippon #

Woman sleeping in a public square in Montreal, Canada © Romain Philippon #

Fruit seller having a rest in Ca Mau, Vietnam © Romain Philippon #

Street hairdressers resting in Hanoi, Vietnam © Romain Philippon #

A girl sleeps inside a Citroen 2CV on July 26, 2011 in Salbris, France during the 19th World meeting of 2 CV Friends. (Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images) #

A woman sleeps in the trunk of a car before the start of the annual International Descent of the River Sella canoe race which started in Arriondas, Spain on August 6, 2011. (Eloy Alonso/Reuters) #

A child sleeps in a bamboo basket on the side of a road as her mother sells vegetables on the streets in Kathmandu on August 6, 2011. (Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters) #

A baby sleeps while Palestinian women attempt to pass the checkpoint on their way to pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque on the second Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on August 12, 2011. (Bernat Armangue/AP) #

A woman sleeps on a couch near tents at a camp set up on Tel Aviv's Rothschild Boulevard calling for lower property prices in Israel on August 2, 2011. (Nir Elias/Reuters) #

A young Chinese couple wait as their baby sleeps on a display bed as they shop at a department store in Beijing on August 15, 2011. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images) #

Protesters sleep outside Spain's parliament in Madrid on June 22, 2011 to condemn plans by the government to reform the collective bargaining system and the Euro pact. (Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images) #

A man sleeps in his tent at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on June 22, 2011 in Glastonbury, England. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images) #

Filipinos sleep on cardboard boxes at an evacuation center in Marikina, Philippines on June 26, 2011 after Tropical Storm Meari forced the evacuation of more than 100,000 people. (Aaron Favila/AP) #

Pakistani bus drivers and conductors sleep on the roofs of their vehicles at a bus terminal in Lahore on June 27, 2011. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images) #

A spectator sleeps prior to the start of play at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on June 27, 2011. (Mark Baker/AP) #

Jaseem, a taxi driver, sleeps with a fluorescent light on inside his cab in Mumbai on June 30, 2011. The practice of keeping the light on is an indication to customers that even though the driver is resting, the cab is available for hire. (Danish Siddiqui/Reuters) #

A protester sleeps on the road during a protest march to demand universal suffrage and to rally against rising property prices in Hong Kong July 2, 2011. (Tyrone Siu/Reuters) #

A worker sleeps on the back of his motor tricycle under a mosquito net with his wife and son in Hefei, China on July 5, 2011. (Stringer/Reuters) #

Festival goers sleep among tents at the EXIT festival camp near the Serbian city of Novi Sad on July 7, 2011. More than 150 acts performed at the festival, which has been held since 2000 at an old fortress overlooking the River Danube in Novi Sad city. (Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images) #

People sleep in their chairs as they wait to watch the launch of Space shuttle Atlantis on the last mission of the space shuttle program on July 8, 2011 in Titusville, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) #

A woman sleeps as people stop to look at classic cars displayed at the annual RNAS Yeovilton Air Day on July 9, 2011 in Yeovil, England. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images) #

A woman sleeps in the shade on a park bench in Bucharest, Romania on July 11, 2011. (Vadim Ghirda/AP) #

An Egyptian protester, his face painted in the colors of the Egyptian flag, sleeps on the ground during a protest at Tahrir Square in Cairo on July 12, 2011. (Khalil Hamra/AP) #

A youth sleeps while others sit in front of computers on July, 12 2011, during the Campus Party meeting in Valencia in the Principe Felipe Museum, where more than 7,000 youths can surf on the internet with an exceptionally good connection. (Jose Jordan/AFP/Getty Images) #

Anti-government protesters sleep in a makeshift tent at Tagheer Square in Sanaa, Yemen on July 12, 2011. (Suhaib Salem/Reuters) #

A man, displaced by heavy floods for almost a year, sleeps under mosquito netting while taking refuge in a camp for flood victims in Sukkur, Pakistan July 12, 2011. (Akhtar Soomro/Reuters) #

Indian passengers sleep on a platform at the railway station in Bhubaneswar, India on July 12, 2011. (Biswaranjan Rout/AP) #

A reveler tries to get some sleep on the street during the San Fermin festival in Pamplona early July 8, 2011. (Susana Vera/Reuters) #