Fine art photographer Michael Massaia started this series entitled Afterlife–New Jersey Shore in 2008 "to document the amusement piers that skirt the New Jersey Coast Line during their most vacant moments (usually between the hours of 4 am and 6 am)." After Hurricane Sandy rolled in and completely destroyed the piers in 2012, the landscape was forever altered. Massaia decided to look at some old negatives, reprinted selected images from the series, and added some new shots for Afterlife II (2009–2018) which included the areas of Seaside Park, Seaside Heights, Atlantic City, and Wildwood New Jersey to document what was once "a wonderfully disturbing place."
There really is nothing left along the coastline of New Jersey to document when it comes to these amusement piers. Everything has become fairly homogenized and seems to have severed ties with the old carnival culture that once defined it. As a result, I wanted to dig into these overlooked negatives as much as possible.See more of Michael Massaia's work at his website.