Ten new images from the ongoing series Deep in A Dream by fine art photographer Michael Massaia. He states that "for the most part I would shoot the images in the early spring. I started shooting in the dead of winter because of how much more isolating and quiet it is in the park during those very cold nights/early mornings." Massaia uses a modified 5x7 film camera to capture the new images and handmakes the gelatin silver prints. To give the images added dimension, he split tones them using gold, selenium, palladium, and sepia to accomplish this.
When I start any photo project my aspirations with it are usually very selfish. Since I was 5 years old I always had this very romantic and extremely unrealistic view of New York City. I used to go up on my roof in New Jersey just to see if I could get a glimpse of the Empire State building. I loved the fact (especially when I was younger) that the city had this quality, that at any given moment something really bad or really wonderful could happen. It seemed unhinged and free. As time went on, the reality of the city kind of chipped away at my idealistic view of NYC, but oddly enough my insomnia has allowed me to hold onto to a piece of my youthful outlook. Exploring Central Park at it's most vacant hours really takes me back to sitting on my parents roof in New Jersey when I was a kid. All of those possibilities (good and awful) surrounding me on the outskirts of the park. The flickers of lights in the buildings surrounding me, and yet I'm alone as far I can see.See more of Michael Massaia's work at his website.