"Seeing the black dog" is a saying truck drivers use to describe hallucinations that occur as a result of sleep deprivation during cross country runs.  When they see the "black dogs" scampering across the highway they know to pull over and get some sleep.   The moment they make that decision is when I sneek up to their trucks while they're in the cabs sleeping and capture the moment the dogs melt away.  All of the images were taken between the hours of 2am and 6am along the New Jersey Turnpike.


All of the "seeing the black" images were taken with 8"x10" and 4"x5" view cameras and black and white film developed in pyro. I handmake platinum prints for all of the images sizes  - 9x12 up to 32x42. 

-Michael Massaia