Born in New Jersey in 1978, Michael Massaia Is a fine art photographer and printmaker whose work focuses on New York City, and New Jersey life and landscape. Massaia specializes in large format black & white photography and large format Platinum/Palladium printing. All of his images are true ‘one shot’ candid scenes that have been pushed to their limit via film developing and printing techniques to reveal the true way each moment was felt. Massaia writes:
‘Seeing the black dog‘ is a saying truck drivers use to describe hallucinations that occur as a result of sleep deprivation during cross country runs. When they see the ‘black dogs’ scampering across the highway they know to pull over and get some sleep. The moment they make that decision is when I sneek up to their trucks while they’re in the cabs sleeping and capture the moment the dogs melt away (it’s also the moment I try not to get my ass shot off). The images were taken with 8×10 camera between the hours of 2am and 6am along the New Jersey Turnpike. The black and white film is developed in pyro, and I then make platinum prints.