Michael Massaia has always been fascinated by the similarities between movement of the sky and the movement of the ocean (the pull of tides and the pull of the atmosphere). In “The Pull,” the artist simply prints the images the way they appear on the ground glass of his 5 x 7 camera: inverted and backwards. Massaia finds it amazing how visually disorienting the landscape becomes. The ocean becomes a roiling “sky”—the pull of the ocean surrenders to the pull of the sky. As a result of the ocean being inverted, it takes on a completely new shape. One can see mountain/landscape abstractions and blowing brush, while the sea seems to become the land.

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