BY: SYDNEY KEEFE
Michael Massaia is a New Jersey based photographer who from 2008 to 2014 suffered from insomnia and spent his waking hours wandering around New York City. Eventually he stumbled into the renowned Central Park. The product of his insomnia lead to these haunting photos of a deserted Central Park. A real ghost town compared to the thriving hub of activity it embodies during the day.
Massaia is a native New Jerseyan, born in 1978, who’s photography and print making focuses on capturing isolation, disconnection and shining the spotlight (or lens) on the extraordinary in the ordinary.
His artist statement is a bible testament – Hebrews 11:13-16.
The last line of the verse is: “Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.” Which I think aptly describes the beauty of the emptiness of Central Park at night. A still piece of life trapped between skyscrapers and industry in NYC. In some of the photos you can see the beginnings of concrete covered civilization just over the horizons of the trees, grass and ponds.
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