New Jersey photographer Michael Massaia has long suffered from insomnia, but has used his many restless nights to capture these images in his new series Seeing the Black Dog. Referencing the phenomenon of a phantom black dog running along the highway that many trucks experience from driving for long hours at night, the project focuses on the moment these huge vehicles and their drivers pull over to rest.
With his 60lb large format camera in tow, Massaia would hide and wait at truck stops between 2am and 6am for truckers to stop and go to sleep. He would then set up his camera and take these long exposure shots. The contrast between the trucks and their stagnant dark backgrounds makes them look slightly otherworldly, especially when we usually see these huge trucks cruising next to us on the highways.