We all know summer can be hot and exhausting. Michael Massaia, a New York City photographer, had some interesting ideas commenting on this whether and how it effects people. Michael takes pictures of people laying in Central Park in New York City, but alters the photos in such a way that their surroundings are drowned out into a black, bleak, dream like environment.
Here is what Michael has to say about the work:
“Deep In A Dream – Sheep Meadow” is a portfolio that I started in 2006 but ultimately shelved because of my discomfort taking such intimate and vulnerable pictures of people while they were completely unaware. Subsequently I created a portfolio entitled “Deep In A Dream – Central Park” from 2007-2014 which documented the park at it’s most desolate hours (void of any people which is a common theme in most of my portfolios).
In 2012 I restarted the “Deep In A Dream – Sheep Meadow” portfolio and while my discomfort was still high I figured a way to capture and print the images that made me determined to finish the portfolio.
My goal with the portfolio was to capture people in what I considered to be perfect unassuming poses(poses that could never be posed). I shot all of the images very close to the subject while they were sunbathing or sleeping in Central Park’s Sheep Meadow (usually only a few feet away) and would simply wait for the moment when the subject appeared to almost leave there own body.
I used seven different cameras for the portfolio raging from 8″x10″ view camera to old digital cameras that I hacked up. I handmake gold toned silver gelatin prints for all of the images where the surrounding grass is severely “burnt in” to isolate and give the look of suspension to the subject. The majority of the images were created in Central Park’s Sheep Meadow, while a few were created in other small parks around the city."