Today’s photographer of the day is fine art photographer Michael Massaia. Throughout the past nine years, the New Jersey native has documented areas and objects that never extend too far from his front door. Isolation, disconnection and an attempt to put a spotlight on the ordinary are the constant aspects found among nearly all of his work. He also specializes in large-format black-and-white film image captures, silver gelatin printing, as well as digital image capture and printmaking.

For his latest series Transmogrify, which means to thoroughly change something into a different shape or form, Massaia created a variety of different personas using a dozen melting popsicles.  

Admittedly, Massia most enjoys when the melted treats transform into faces. In fact, he even says this project triggered nostalgia for his childhood pleasures. But nevertheless, obtaining the ice cream didn’t come easy. Oftentimes, he would find himself chasing down ice cream trucks to see what each different vendor had in store—something that I hope everyone can relate to. 

2-S

Sponge Bob

7-Batman

Batman

6-Dora_The_Explorer

Dora The Explorer

5-Neopolitan_Sandwhich

Neopolitan Sandwhich

4-Sonic_The_Hedgehog

Sonic The Hedgehog

3-Spiderman

Spiderman

1-hello_kitty

Hello Kitty

8-Bugs_Bunney

Bugs Bunney

9-Power_Puff_Girls

Power Puff Girls

10-Strawberry_Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake

11-Orange_Crush

Orange Crush

For more of his work, visit Michael’s website.

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