When you think of Central Park, the first things that come to your mind are probably massive crowds of people and warm sunshine. New Jersey-based photographer Michael Massaia, however, stays up late at night to make sure he captures views of the iconic park that few ever witness, and his results are positively haunting.


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Back in 2007, Massaia developed a serious case of insomnia. "I sometimes go through long periods of time where I can’t sleep... I would go for long walks..." he told ND Magazine. But rather than seeking medication or therapy, he decided to do something productive with his lucid after-hours; he began photographing the vacant landscapes he came across in large format, using the dawn's faint illumination as his only lighting. Living near the Big Apple, his strolls eventually 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 wrote on his official website. "And I was determined to capture it." Taken on black and white film, Massaia's photos truly show Central Park like most of the world has never seen before - empty, isolating, and eerie. Scroll down to see each bone-chilling shot and its location in the park.

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#1 Private Gardens, 2013

Private Gardens, 2013

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Lucybaby 2 months ago

This is a beautiful shot!

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#2 Southeast View, 2012

Southeast View, 2012

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eco okok 2 months ago

i don't feel them terrible to see i find they demonstrate how beatifull can be the calm and darkness. Congrats for your fotography, you are getting the beauty where the most of us don't see them. P.d: If i have any gramatic or ortographic errors please tell because i'm learning english. thanks!

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#3 Gapstow Bridge, 2009

Gapstow Bridge, 2009

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Anne Madag 2 months ago

this one is fine, looks peaceful place, I'm still see those lights in a building.

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#4 The Mall, 4 A.m., 2013

The Mall, 4 A.m., 2013

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Anne Madag 2 months ago

that trees make me scared.

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#7 Northwest View, 2014

Northwest View, 2014

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tiamara azada 2 months ago

it's beautiful but it also makes me feel so lonely

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#8 Zoo Entrance, 2012

Zoo Entrance, 2012

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Art Nickel 1 month ago

Isn't that the bridge from Home Alone 2?

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