From Emily Anne Epstein’s review of Michael Massaia’s series “Afterlife” for the Daily Mail:
Long after the thrill-seekers, popcorn-chompers and fire-eaters have gone home for the night, photographer Michael Massaia sneaks into the amusement parks that line the Jersey Shore to capture the remains of the sleeping boardwalks.
A New Jersey native, Mr Massaia was always fascinated by the hustle and bustle of the cities by the seashore, mesmerized by the ebb and flow of the people that populated the picturesque locales.
‘Growing up in New Jersey, most of my time was spent along its coastline. At night I would watch both the locals and tourists alike walk the boardwalk, get into fights, and ride the rides I was always too afraid to go on,’ the photographer said.
‘The environment was always on the brink of becoming completely unhinged, and I wanted nothing more than to be a part of it.’
Ultimately, Mr Massaia admits, he never became more than a spectator, though that did not stop him from capturing the sights and sounds of the boardwalk as he envisioned them.