Insomniac Photographer Captures Haunting Photos of an Empty Central Park


Insomnia – we’ve all had it at one time or another – whether it was caused by consuming too much coffee, too much sugar, or having too many things on your mind.

When New Jersey-based photographer Michael Massaia experienced a major bout insomnia back in 2007, he started a series of photographs which focused on vacant landscapes at night. Being a New York City native, his travels often led him to Central Park, which he shot numerous times between 2008 and 2014.

“The park appears to go through a period of metamorphosis during those late night/early morning hours,” he writes on his website. “And I was determined to capture it.”

Massaia’s photos are captured using black and white film, and this coupled with the absence of people gives the viewer a whole new perspective of Central Park which is usually a hive of activity. Instead, Central Park at night looks eerily haunting, empty and isolating. A totally different perspective of a very familiar subject matter.

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